Previewed 21 June 2017, Opened 22 June 2017, Closed 15 July 2017 at the Arts Theatre
Donnacadh O'Briain award-winning production of Jon Brittain's play Rotterdam in London for a strictly limited four week season
It's New Year in Rotterdam. Alice wants to come out as a lesbian. Fiona, her girlfriend, wants to start living as a man.
Alice has finally plucked up the courage to email her parents and tell them she's gay. But before she can hit send, Fiona reveals that he has always identified as male and now wants to start living as a man named Adrian. Alice now faces a question she never thought she'd ask - does this mean she's straight?
Rotterdam - a bittersweet comedy about gender and sexuality - won the 2017 Olivier Award for 'Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre' following runs at London's Theatre 503 in 2015 and at the Trafalgar Studio 2 space - and now returns for a strictly limited four week run at the Arts Theatre in Central London.
The cast features Anna Martine Freeman, Alice McCarthy, Ed Eales-White and Ellie Morris who reprise their roles in production. Directed by Donnacadh O'Briain with lighting by Richard Williamson and sound by Keegan Curran. Please note that the age recommendation for this production is 14 and over.
When this production was seen at London's Trafalgar Studio 2 in July 2016, David Jays in the Sunday Times said that "Jon Brittain's warmly involving play... charts confusion with immense confidence," adding that "scenes are sitcom-short, bristling with defensive jokes, but gradually deepen as we enter dark waters. Even the scene changes in Donnacadh O'Briain's production are packed with character, and the performers effortlessly reel you in." Fiona Mountford in the London Evening Standard described it as being a "lively, sensitive, hard-hitting piece about love, gender and sexuality. Jon Brittain handles complex issues with great honesty and thoughtfulness, but also with a refreshing amount of wit... a compelling evening's theatre." Kate Maltby in the Times highighted that "Jon Brittain's play doesn't shy away from tough issues... yet as befits theatre's capacity for empathy, Brittain has produced a gentler, more nuanced exploration than most defensive missives on this subject... with two impressive central performances. As Fiona/Adrian, Anna Martine is a maze of possibilities, lithe and unpredictable... Alice McCarthy channels Alice's uptight femininity with the neurotic comic timing of Jennifer Aniston, then hits all the emotional targets as things get serious." When the production was seen at London's Theatre 503 in November 2015, Lyn Gardner in the Guardian explained that "there is lots bubbling behind the sitcom exterior of a play that is often very funny, engaging and sharply observant about human nature, but Jon Brittain's facility for writing engaging dialogue means that he doesn't always dig as deeply into the characters as the subject demands. They have lots of feelings, but not fully rounded lives... there is a fully fledged central performance from Anna Martine as Fiona/Adrian, caught between her need to assert her identity and the needs of others."
This production was originally staged as London's Theatre 503 (previewed from 27 October 2015, opened on 2 November 2015 and closed on 21 November 2015) with a cast that featured Anna Martine as 'Fiona / Adrian' and Alice McCarthy as 'Alice' with Ed Eales-White as 'Josh' and Jessica Clark as 'Lelani'. It was then presented at London's Trafalgar Studio 2 (previewed from 26 July 2016, opened on 28 July 2016 and closed 27 on August 2016) with a cast that featured Anna Martine as 'Fiona / Adrian' and Alice McCarthy as 'Alice' with Ed Eales-White as 'Josh' and Jessica Clark as 'Lelani'. This production was also staged at New York's Off-Broadway's 59E59 Theater from 17 May to 10 June 2017 with the same cast as the Trafalgar Studio 2 - presented as part of the Annual Brits Off-Braodway Season.
Rotterdam in London at the Arts Theatre previewed from 21 June 2017, opened on 22 June 2017 and closed on 15 July 2017