Natalie Dormer & David Oakes are set to sizzle in Venus In Fur

Natalie Dormer and David Oakes are set to sizzle in David Ives’ hit Broadway play Venus in Fur, which runs at Theatre Royal Haymarket from October 6.

Enigmatic actress Vanda Jordan appears unannounced for an audition with director Thomas Novachek.

She’s determined to land the leading role in his new production – despite seeming wrong for the part.

Over one evening in downtown Manhattan their charged meeting becomes a seductive dance to the end.

Directed by Patrick Marber, Venus In Fur is an intoxicating dark comedy of desire, fantasy and the innate love of fur.

Natalie Dormer is to play Vanda Jordan.

Dormer is known globally for film and television roles including Margaery Tyrell in Game of Thrones, Anne Boleyn in The Tudors, Cressida in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2, and Ridley Scott’s The Counselor.

Upcoming, Dormer stars opposite Sean Penn and Mel Gibson in The Professor and the Mad Man, and the independent thriller In Darkness, which she also co-wrote.

She is currently in production on FremantleMedia’s Picnic at Hanging Rock in Australia.

Venus in Fur sees Dormer reunite with Patrick Marber, who wrote After Miss Julie (Young Vic) for which she received widespread critical acclaim in the title role.

David Oakes plays Thomas Novachek. Oakes is best known for portraying Juan Borgia in The Borgias, William Hamleigh in Emmy Award-winning mini-series The Pillars of the Earth, as George, Duke of Clarence in BBC’s The White Queen, and, recently, as Prince Ernest in ITV’s Victoria.

Stage credits include Kit Marlowe in Shakespeare In Love (Nöel Coward Theatre) and Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre).

An adaptation of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s 1870 novel, Venus in Furs, that inspired the term ‘masochism’, was first performed off-Broadway, New York in 2010 before transferring to Broadway.

In 2012, Roman Polanski directed a film version of the play, in French, starring Emmanuelle Seigner and Mathieu Amalric.

Venus in Fur runs at Theatre Royal Haymarket, from October 6 – December 9.

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