Original Death Rabbit opens Jermyn St Theatre’s Portrait season

Kimberley Nixon is to star in the stage premiere of Rose Heiney’s Original Death Rabbit at Jermyn Street Theatre after its original lead, Hannah Arterton, was forced to pull out.

The comedy is the opening production in its Portrait Season.

We all have our comfort blankets and coping mechanisms. And if yours happens to be wearing a full-sized rabbit onesie (with ears), what’s the problem?

You’re not bothering anyone. At least, not until you’re photographed at the back of a child’s funeral. Dressed as a rabbit. And the photo goes viral.

Original Death Rabbit is a tale of our time that shines a light on one woman’s struggle with the dark side of the internet.

Kimberley is a BAFTA Award-winning actress, best known for her role in Channel 4’s Fresh Meat, Ordinary Lies and Cranford for the BBC, and Critical on Sky One.

Her theatre credits include the eponymous role in Girl With A Pearl Earring at the Theatre Royal Haymarket and numerous plays for Radio 4.

Hannah Arterton has had to withdraw due to filming schedule changes.

Rose Heiney’s incisive comedy, now rewritten for the stage, was originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2017.

She is a screenwriter, playwright and novelist. Her first play, Elephants, sold out at Hampstead Theatre. Television writing includes Miranda and Fresh Meat. She is currently writing a film for Working Title and Studio Canal.

Jermyn Street Theatre’s Portrait Season runs from January to July.

It includes Trevor Nunn’s London premiere of Harley Granville Barker’s, Agnes Colander: An Attempt at Life, revised by Richard Nelson; the new play, Mary’s Babies, by Maud Dromgoole; Howard Brenton’s return adaptation of August Strindberg’s Miss Julie; a new adaptation of Creditors; and an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s Pictures Of Dorian Gray.

Original Death Rabbit, directed by Hannah Joss, runs at the Jermyn Street Theatre from January 9 – February 9.

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