For the first time in almost 17 years Hollywood megastar Nicole Kidman graced the London stage on Saturday. She is taking on the role of scientist Rosalind Franklin in Anna Ziegler's new drama 'Photograph 51' at the Noel Coward Theatre until 21st November 2015.
Ms. Kidman is of course an icon in the world of cinema, but her return to the West End marks a rare opportunity to see the star up close and personal. Her last West End run took place at the small, yet highly powerful Donmar Warehouse from 10th September to 31st October 1998 in 'The Blue Room,' which earned her a Laurence Olivier Award nomination in 1999 for her performance. The play also transferred to Broadway's Cort Theatre from 13th December 1998 to 25th February 1999. So it is fair to say that just a humble portion of theatregoers have had the chance to witness her stage skills.
In a recent interview with the Daily Mail, Kidman already expressed an interest for 'Photograph 51' to have a longer life than its West End tenure and transfer with the show to the Great White Way next year. She also admitted to being 'terrified' about her stage comeback. She commented: "Maybe I’m just shellshocked. But if I hadn’t done it now, I’d never have done it. I couldn’t wait another 17 years."
Her film career has included a great number of modern day classics as well as musicals, dramas, comedies and action thrillers, proving the Australian actress' versatility as a performer. Some of her best known titles have included 'Moulin Rouge!' (2001), 'Nine' (2009), 'The Others' (2001), 'Days of Thunder' (1990), 'Batman Forever' (1995), 'The Peacemaker' (1997), 'Eyes Wide Shut' (1999), 'The Hours' (2002), 'Cold Mountain' (2003), 'The Stepford Wives' (2004), 'The Interpreter' (2005), 'Bewitched' (2005), 'The Golden Compass' (2007), 'Australia' (2008), 'The Railway Man' (2013), 'Grace of Monaco' (2014), 'Paddington' (2014), and the list just goes on and on and on and on...
Will she again prove as capable on stage as she does on screen?
Directed by Olivier and Tony Award winner Michael Grandage and produced by his Michael Grandage Company, 'Photograph 51' is a play that "asks what is sacrificed in the pursuit of science, love and a place in history. Does Rosalind Franklin know how precious her photograph is? In the race to unlock the secret of life it could be the one to hold the key. With rival scientists looking everywhere for the answer, who will be first to see it and more importantly, understand it?"