Retribution, remorse and redemption.
Frozen, Bryony Lavery’s haunting award-winning play, is now showing at the Theatre Royal Haymarket for a strictly-limited twelve-week period. Lavery’s psychological thriller stars Suranne Jones ('Doctor Foster', 'Scott & Bailey'), Jason Watkins ('Line of Duty', 'Taboo', 'W1A') and Nina Sosanya ('W1A', 'Last Tango in Halifax'). The production is directed by Jonathan Munby, whose recent credits include King Lear at Chichester Festival Theatre starring Ian McKellen.
This brave tale about a mother whose child goes missing is a vivid and touching look into the aftermath of a crime – from both sides of the story.
Suitable for age 15+. The play contains very strong language and content that some may find disturbing.
Suranne Jones will play Nancy. Last year, Jones reprised her BAFTA Award-winning title role in the second series of BBC One’s hugely successful drama 'Doctor Foster'. Other recent television work includes five series of the popular ITV drama 'Scott & Bailey', playing Rachel Bailey opposite Lesley Sharp.
Jason Watkins will play Ralph. Watkins is best known for his performance in 'The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies', for which he won Best Actor at the 2015 BAFTA Television Awards. He is also known for playing Gavin Strong in Sky 1 comedy series 'Trollied', as well as Simon Harwood in the BBC comedy 'W1A'. He has appeared in over 70 plays and was nominated for an Olivier Award in 2001 for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in A Servant To Two Masters for the RSC/Young Vic production in the West End.
Nina Sosanya will play Agnetha. Sosanya's theatre credits include Anna Petrovna in Platonov and Ivanov (National Theatre and Chichester Festival Theatre) and Clara Hibbert in The Vortex (Donmar Warehouse). Films include 'Juliet', 'Naked', 'David Brent: Life on the Road', 'Manderlay', 'Code 46' and 'Love Actually'.
Based on real-life experiences, Frozen begins in monologues and focuses on three characters brought together by the murder of 10-year-old Rhona, abducted while walking to her grandmother’s house. Nancy is Rhona’s grief-stricken mother. The play follows her for 21 years as she first faces the agony of the unknown and, eventually, the dreadful knowledge that her daughter was sexually abused and murdered. Defined by the event of her daughter’s death, Nancy loses her sense of self. On the other side of the story is Ralph, the serial molester who murdered Rhona, and Agnetha, an American-Icelandic criminal psychologist who is studying him and researching “the frozen Arctic sea that is the criminal brain.”
Agnetha believes that serial killing is a "forgivable act", “the difference between a crime of evil and a crime of illness is the difference between a sin and a symptom," she says.
But, can Nancy learn to forgive the unforgiveable?
This complex play about grief, revenge and compassion captures the terrible pain of three characters trying to make sense of the unthinkable.
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(5mins) Go along Coventry Street and then take Haymarket on the right where the theatre will be approx. 200 metres along.