Richard Eyre’s sold out Hampstead Theatre production of Mr Foote’s Other Leg, starring Simon Russell Beale, transfers to Theatre Royal Haymarket from October 28, it has been announced.
The new comedy, set in Georgian London and written by Ian Kelly, met with acclaim from both critics and the public on its opening at Hampstead Theatre in September.
In Georgian London, no one is more famous than Samuel Foote. Satirist, impressionist and dangerous comedian, he has become a celebrity in a city, and at the moment in time, when the concept of selling personality was born. He even has the ear of the king.
Adored by many, despised by some, Foote finds himself at the sharp end of attacks from the press…and a surgeon’s knife.
And in an age obsessed with fame, his colleagues from the worlds of science and the stage – from Benjamin Franklin to David Garrick – begin to wonder: does fame make you mad?
Simon Russell Beale stars as Samuel Foote, one of the greatest lost figures of Georgian London.
Ian Kelly’s riotously funny new play, based on his award-winning biography of Foote, explores society’s obsession with the rise and fall of celebrity through the true story of the Oscar Wilde of the 18th century.
The cast includes: Simon Russell Beale, Dervla Kirwan, Joseph Millson, Micah Balfour, Jenny Galloway, Ian Kelly, Forbes Masson, Colin Stinton, Sophie Bleasdale and Joshua Elliott.
Producer Michael Codron commissioned Ian Kelly to write the stage version of Mr Foote’s Other Leg, from his book. Hampstead Theatre offered to give the play its first production.
Mr Foote’s Other Leg runs at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from October 28 – January 23.