James Norton swaps War & Peace for Tracy Letts’ Bug revival

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TV’s hottest property, James Norton, is leaving behind Grantchester, War & Peace and Happy Valley for a return to the stage. He stars in a 20th anniversary revival of Tracy Letts’ Bug which comes to Found111, a pop-up venue at 111 Charing Cross Road, this March.

Bug is set in a seedy motel room in Oklahoma City one summer. Agnes, a lonely cocktail waitress, is holed-up from her violent ex-con ex-husband, seeking solace in drink and drugs. Until a stranger arrives.

Tense and blackly comic, Bug is a taut exploration of two people on the edge; where the lines between reality and delusions become blurred.

James Norton returns to the London stage for the first time in four years. He first thrilled audiences as Miles Richards in Posh at The Royal Court, then made his West End debut as Stanhope in Journey’s End at the Duke of York’s Theatre.

The Emily Dobbs production stars Norton and Kate Fleetwood and will be directed by Simon Evans who returns to Found111, the thrilling new pop-up theatre space at the site of the original Central Saint Martins School of Art, following the critically acclaimed The Dazzle.

Trevor Nunn directed him as Geoffrey in The Lion in Winter at the Theatre Royal Haymarket before his breakthrough 1950s-set TV series, Grantchester, starring as Sidney Chambers, the vicar (and former Scots Guards officer) who develops a sideline in sleuthing.

His War & Peace co-star, Kate Fleetwood, most recently starred as Tracey Lord in High Society at the Old Vic, followed by the title role in Medea for the Almeida.

In 2008 she was Tony nominated for her portrayal as Lady Macbeth in the Chichester Festival Theatre production which transferred to Broadway and in 2012 was nominated for an Olivier Award for London Road at the National Theatre. Other theatre credits include King Lear (National Theatre) and Life is a Dream (Donmar Warehouse).

Bug will play a six-week season at Found111 from March 24 – May 7.

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