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Previewed 3 March 2011, Opened 14 March 2011, Closed 4 June 2011 at the Vaudeville Theatre in London
A major production of Neil LaBute's new play In a Forest Dark and Deep in London starring Matthew Fox and Olivia Williams and directed by the writer.
"The truth hurts, don't it?" "I thought it set you free..." On a dark and stormy night, all Bobby thought he was doing was helping his sister Betty clear out her cottage in the forest. But in this cabin of lies nothing is as it seems and the truth refuses to be packed away. What is she hiding and does he really want to find out? In a Forest Dark and Deep is a dark comedy of sibling rivalry that escalates into a psychological thriller bursting with savage conflict.
The cast for In a Forest Dark and Deep in London features Matthew Fox as 'Bobby' and Olivia Williams as 'Betty'. The play is written and directed by Neil LaBute with designs by Soutra Gilmore, lighting by Mark Henderson and sound by Fergus O'Hare. This production marks Matthew Fox's London West End debut. He is best known for his television roles as 'Dr Jack Shephard' in Lost and as 'Charlie Salinger' in Party of Five. Neil LaBute's other West End credits include Fat Pig which enjoyed a six month in 2008 at the Trafalgar Studio and Comedy Theatre, Some Girl(s) which played a 12 week season at the Gielgud Theatre in 2005 and The Shape of Things which run for four weeks at the Ambassadors Theatre in 2004.
"American Matthew Fox from Lost, makes a hugely impressive West End debut alongside Olivia Williams in the latest play from Neil LaBute, In A Forest, Dark And Deep. Thunder and lightning are raging outside an enchanting cabin in the woods. Williams's Betty has invited her brother Bobby over to help her clear out the apartment for new tenants... Needless to say, the trail of increasingly obvious clues leads us through secrets and lies into the darkish, if never all that deep and certainly under-explored, territory of what makes us the adults we grow into... LaBute's shoddy production has one expecting a bloody creature with a hatchet in its head to pop in at any moment, as in Ira Levin's Deathtrap. It doesn't happen. The real excitement comes from the acting instead: Fox has terrific stage presence and Williams almost succeeds in making the preposterous Betty plausible. They deserve better material." The Mail on Sunday
"It is billed as being about sibling rivalry, but in fact majors on far deeper, dangerous things: the yearning to be understood, female manipulation, and fascinated male disgust at a sister's lurid sexuality... The real, harsh heart of the play is conflict between a brother and sister, locked in angry mutual dependence, and the burden on Bobby of always knowing when Betty is lying. She generally is, and this is what drives a taut, if not terribly original, plot... But most interesting of all is the way that in the siblings' differences, two eras of America clash. Bobby represents an old, brutal, pioneer Wild West morality: the era of True Grit and Sunday school. Betty inhabits the new age of narcissistic personal 'connections' and 'needs' which override convention and family. To wrap this up inside a tense, unbroken 105-minute thriller is nifty. If - be warned - nasty." The Times
In a Forest Dark and Deep in London at the Vaudeville Theatre previewed from 3 March 2011, opened on 14 March 2011 and closed on 4 June 2011.