Frozen

Haymarket Theatre Royal
Haymarket, London

Public Previews: 9 February 2018
Opens: 21 February 2018
Closes: 5 May 2018

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Show times
Monday at 7.30pm
Tuesday at 7.30pm
Wednesday at 7.30pm
Thursday at 3.00pm and 7.30pm
Friday at 7.30pm
Saturday at 3.00pm and 7.30pm
Sunday no shows
Sat 10 Feb at 7.30pm only
Thu 15 Feb at 7.30pm ony
Wed 21 Feb at 7.00pm only
Thu 22 Feb at 7.30pm only

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Frozen

A major production of Bryony Lavery's play Frozen in London starring Suranne Jones and Jason Watkins

One sunny evening, 10-year-old Rhoda goes missing. Her mother, Nancy, retreats into a state of frozen hope. Agnetha, an American academic comes to England to research a thesis Serial Killing - a forgivable act? Then there's Ralph, a loner with a bit of previous who's looking for some distraction...

Drawn together by horrific circumstances, these three embark upon a long dark journey which finally curves upward into the light.

The cast features Suranne Jones and Jason Watkins with Nina Sosanya. Directed by Jonathan Munby.

Suranne Jones' London theatre credits include the role of 'Sandra' in Nikolai Foster's 20th Anniversary production of Jonathan Harvey's Beautful Thing at the Arts Theatre in 2013; the role of 'Marlene' in Max Stafford-Clark's revival of Caryl Churchill's Top Girls at the Trafalgar Studios in 2011; and the role of 'Joanne Galloway' in David Esbjornson's West End stage premiere of Aaron Sorkin's A Few Good Men at the Haymarket Theatre in 2005. Jason Watkins' West End theatre credits include the role of 'Trevor' in Loveday Ingram's revival of Alan Ayckbourn's Bedroom Farce at the Aldwych Theatre in 2002; and the title role in Tim Supple's staging of Lee Hall new adaptation of Carlo Goldoni's comedy A Servant of Two Masters for the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Ambassadors Theatre and the Noel Coward Theatre in 2001. Nina Sosanya's London stage credits include the role of 'Mae' in Debbie Allen's revival of Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Novello Theatre in 2010. Jonathan Munby's West End credits include co-directing, along with Gregory Doran, Rebecca Gatward, Mike Poulton's stage adaptation of Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales at the Gielgud Theatre in 2006 for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Frozen in London at the Haymarket Theatre Royal public previews from 9 February 2018, opens on 21 February 2018 and closes on 5 May 2018


Frozen - Original London Production 2002

Previewed 28 June 2002, Opened 3 July 2002, Closed 24 August 2002 (in repertory) at the National Theatre's Cottesloe Theatre (now Dorfman Theatre)

The London Premiere of Bryony Lavery's play that was first seen at the Birmingham Rep Theatre in 1998 in a production directed by Bill Alexander

The cast features Anita Dobson as 'Nancy', Tom Georgeson as 'Ralph' and Josie Lawrence as 'Agnetha' who all reprise their roles from the Birmingham Rep Theatre staging. In London they are joined by George Eggay, Jack Pierce, and Stuart Milligan (on video). Directed by Bill Alexander with designs by Ruari Murchison, lighting by Paul Pyant, music by Jonathan Goldstein and sound by David Tinson.

"Interesting to discover that of the three characters in Bryony Lavery's play Frozen, Ralph the child killer is the most sympathetic. Frozen is composed mostly of solo staccato streams of consciousness. And which voice is the most compelling? The pitifully brittle bereaved parent? The lonely American psychologist who understands the abnormality of Ralph's brain, and therefore knows where evil comes from? No. What makes Frozen remarkable is the presentation of the self-justified evil person, in all his Brummie banality... You expect it to be about the miracle of forgiveness, but in the end Frozen isn't quite up to dealing with that. One minute Dobson's Nancy is declaring she'll never forgive; the next she is confronting Ralph in prison, forcing him to accept what he's done. Still, it is an absorbing play. At its heart is a debate about moral responsibility: is Ralph capable of understanding his crime? For a long time the answer appears to be a controversial no - until, all of a sudden, it becomes a more reassuring yes." The Daily Mail

"Frozen, atmospherically delivered in 32 scenes, many of them interrelated monologues, brings three people to a close encounter of the darkest kind. Shafts of light illuminate Ruari Murchison's bare stage design, while back-wall lightings create the illusion of a dreamy barrier. Josie Lawrence's bereft Agnetha, a New York professor of psychiatry, Nancy, a lower-middle class mother, and Ralph, a loner whose musings suggest an obsession with order and control, are linked by childmurder... Anita Dobson's winsome Nancy, first seen basking in domestic content, reacts to her daughter Rhona's disappearance by clinging to the belief she will return. When, 20 years later, the girl's corpse is discovered, she craves vengeance. The process by which she comes to forgive Ralph, her daughter's killer, appears sentimental and factitious... The vivid eloquence of Lavery's writing and the force of the central performances are redeeming features. Tom Georgeson's stupendous Ralph, with his haunted, harried face and his inferno of rages and griefs, chills the blood. And Anita Dobson's over-glamorous Nancy compellingly charts an astonishing rebirth." The London Evening Standard

"Bill Alexander stages the play simply and sparely, as befits a play that consists largely of direct address and, at one point, of a lecture given by an American criminal psychologist to a British audience. Agnetha, as this character is called, provides an understandably edgy Josie Lawrence with several opportunities: to discuss neurological and physiological research; to raise key questions of good, evil, moral responsibility and deep, deep sickness; to suggest that contact with serial killers has damaged her, as it must anyone; and, now and then, to allow Tom Georgeson's Ralph and Anita Dobson's Nancy to move beyond monologue... Georgeson's terrifyingly wintry, yet horribly forlorn, Ralph... is a brilliant performance, and it's matched by Dobson's. Her emotional journey is more predictable than his - hope that little Rona will come home, obsessive efforts to trace her, ferocious rage and disfiguring hatred, a bust marriage and a spiritual resurgence... Lavery and her cast make you see the complexity of the issues, clinical as well as moral. They also make you feel the loss, the pain, the unbearable waste." The Times

Frozen in London at the Cottesloe Theatre (now Dorfman Theatre) at the National Theatre previewed from 28 June 2002, opened on 3 July 2002 and closed on 24 August 2002 (in repertory)