The Little Dog Laughed

Previewed 8 January 2010, Opened 20 January 2010, Closed 10 April 2010 at the Garrick Theatre in London.

Douglas Carter Beane's comedy of manners The Little Dog Laughed in London starring Tamsin Greig and Rupert Friend

The Little Dog Laughed follows the adventures of Mitchell Green, a movie star who could make it big if it weren't for one small problem - his hard-driving agent, Diane, can't seem to keep him in the closet. The hilarity of Hollywood hypocrisy and what self-deception does to people in the shallow and superficial world of show business is satirized in Douglas Carter Beane's The Little Dog Laughed. The play enjoyed a three month run on Broadway at the end of 2006 and was nominated for 'Best Play' at the Tony Awards.

The cast for The Little Dog Laughed in London features Tamsin Greig as 'Diane', Rupert Friend as 'Mitchell', Harry Lloyd as 'Alex' and Gemma Arterton as 'Ellen. The production is directed by Jamie Lloyd. Please Note: Not recommend for children under the age of 15 years.

"It's a funny old world, is it not, when it is easier for a politician to come out of the closet than it is for a film star? Douglas Carter Beane's zippily written, feather-light comedy of Hollywood's hypocritical values, The Little Dog Laughed, is all about image management... As satire goes, this one licks Hollywood like a chihuahua rather than snapping at it like a terrier. Indeed, the roles of Mitchell, Alex and Ellen are so sketchy that it is effectively a one-woman show. Still, Tamsin Greig holds court magnificently as the shamelessly manipulative Diane, who talks to the audience as if we are her most intimate, sophisticated friends. She looks fantastic, perched on vertiginous heels and striding around in high-waisted trousers and satin blouses." The Mail on Sunday

"Well received on Broadway, where it was nominated for a Tony award, Douglas Carter Beane's play is a kind of Hollywood sex comedy... As satire, The Little Dog Laughed is toothless, and as a love story, it is utterly unengaging. Jamie Lloyd's direction is dull except when it's being contrived, and the set is tedious and repetitive. Thank God for Tamsin Greig, without whom this would have been one long, po-faced yawn. As Diane, the loud, hardass, domineering Jewish lesbian, she has all the best lines, superbly delivered. The one bright spark in this leaden work, even she can't set it on fire, but she's some consolation." The Sunday Times

Little Dog Laughed in London at the Garrick Theatre previewed from 8 January 2010, opened on 20 January 2010, and closed on 10 April 2010.