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Venus in Fur

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Closed December 5, 2017

"Natalie Dormer once again seduces on the London stage"

The Telegraph

Why See Venus in Fur?

nine weeks only

Natalie Dormer and David Oakes engage in a sexually-charged game of wits in the West End premiere of David Ives take on Venus in Furs. Taken from the 1870 novel by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, the work that inspired the word masochism, Ives sets his play in the present day when a director looking for a leading lady gets far more than he bargained for from a last minute audition with an enigmatic and mysterious actress, who seems to have astonishing awareness of her character.

First seen on Broadway in 2011, the show won accolades for the daring dance between the characters as they battle for power. Darkly comic and fraught with sexual tension and desire, we're looking forward to seeing Natalie Dormer expand on the scheming and exploitative strengths she displayed as Marjorie Tyrell in Game of Thrones in a more intimate setting.

what's the story

Director Thomas Novachek is at his wits end searching for the perfect actress for his new play. On a thunderous night he is surprised by the arrival of the brash Vanda Jordan of whom he has never heard. As she begins to read for the part, her dynamic performance and commitment to the role become apparent, leading Thomas to forget just who is in charge of the situation.

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Previews from: 5 October 2017

Opening night: 17 October 2017


Due to strong languages and sexual references, this show is recommended for ages 14+

Run time

One hour and thirty minutes, no interval


2018 What's On Stage Award Nominations
Best Actress in a Play

What we thought

Watchable ELECTRIC two-hander

Vanda and Thomas spar beautifully, switching from the script to the 'reality' outside with pace that quickens the pulse and heightens the senses.

Fans of Dormer's machiavellian oeuvre (Anne Boleyn, Margaery Tyrell, Seymour Worsley) are in for a treat as she proves her stage chops and then some.

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Kitty McCarron

Kitty McCarron

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