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Passion Play
Duke of York's Theatre

1 May - 3 August

Strictly Limited Season
Zoë Wanamaker
Samantha Bond
Siân Thomas
Owen Teale
Oliver Cotton
Annabel Scholey
Passion Play


Final call for drinks!

The production of Passion Play at the Duke of York’s Theatre must end on 3 August 2013. To give the show a final farewell, we are offering audience members a beverage on us! So raise your glasses and say cheerio by booking a ticket online (click here)using promotion code ‘LastDrinks,’ or call the box office and quote ‘LastDrinks.’

Terms and Conditions 

Offer valid when purchasing a top price or premium ticket. One drinks token issued per ticket. Valid for the final three performances of the run only; Friday 2 August and Saturday 3 August matinee and evening performance. One drinks voucher entitles the bearer to one 175m glass of wine, one 275ml bottle of Carlsberg, one glass of soft drink. Subject to availability. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.


Passion Play Panel event

On Wednesday the 5th of June, a panel came together on the Duke of York's stage to try and unpick the topical issue of infidelity, that is predominant in the production of Passion Play. The panel was hosted by Suzy Greaves (editor of Psychologies magazine) who kicked off the discussion by referring to our ancestors biological impulse to, (to paraphrase) 'go forth and multiply.' She posed the question, 'is monogomy even a natural state?' Suzy was joined on stage by Lucy Kellaway (Financial Times), Ruth Sutherland (Relate), Emma Wall (Telegraph, Wonder Women), Lucy Mangan (Stylist and Guardian), Lucy Cavendish (Stylist and Journalist) and Cary Cooper (psychology professor and author).

The conversation took some fascinating turns which questioned the necessity to 'invest' and 'work' in our long term relationships and even if this use of language was appropriate at all. Shouldn't a long term, loving relationship be a joy to maintain and not a business transaction?

The discussion was tweeted live from @PassionPlayLond #PassionDebate and although it came to no formal conclusion, it did leave one feeling a little pessimistic about chances of being happily married into your 90s. The ray of hope came from Ruth Sutherland, 'Small acts of kindness like making a cup of tea often bind successful marriages.' Let's all pop the kettle on!

Passion Play Panel event photo 1 Passion Play Panel event photo 2 Photography by Andrew Fosker.

Suzy Greaves is a life coach, journalist and author. She has been the editor of Psychologies magazine since March 2013 and is the founder of The Big Leap Coaching Co. Suzy is author of the best-selling books Making The Big Leap and The Big Peace and has also contributed to many women's magazines including The Sunday Times Style, New Woman, Woman, Red, Grazia, and Health & Fitness.

Lucy Kellaway is an Associate Editor and columnist for the Financial Times where she has worked for the past 25 years. She currently writes the fortnightly ‘Dear Lucy' column in which she offers her solution to readers' workplace problems. She is the author of Sense and Nonsense in the Office and the novels Martin Lukes: Who Moved my BlackberryTM and In Office Hours. She is also a regular contributor on the BBC World Service programme Daily Business.

Ruth Sutherland is the CEO of Relate, the UK's leading relationship support organisation. She has worked extensively in the social justice, health and well-being arenas. Ruth originally qualified as a Registered General Nurse but has spent the majority of her career in publichealth roles. Prior to joining Relate, Ruth has worked for Scope and the Alzheimer's Society.

Lucy Mangan is a columnist and features writer for The Guardian as well as writing her regular ‘Outspoken' column in Stylist. She has written for most broadsheet newspapers and women's magazines and is the author of three books. Her most recent is The Reluctant Bride: one woman's journey, kicking and screaming, down the aisle, and her first - Hopscotch and Handbags: the truth about being a girl - is about to be re-published as an e-book.

Emma Wall has been a finance reporter for The Daily Telegraph since 2007. She also regularly writes for the Women's section on love, relationships and sex.

Lucy Cavendish is a writer and journalist, regularly contributing to The Times, The Telegraph, The Daily Mail and many women's magazines. She lives in Oxfordshire with her four children, two dogs, two cats and several other pets. In this guise she writes a column for Stella magazine, The Sunday Telegraph, about her life as a country mother of four.

Cary Cooper CBE is a distinguished Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health, Lancaster University. He is the author/editor of over 120 books as well as many academic articles and is a frequent contributor to national newspapers, radio and TV. He is President of The Institute of Welfare, past President of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, President of Relate, a national Ambassador of The Samaritans, and a Patron of the Anxiety UK. HR Magazine named him the 4th Most Influential Thinker in HR in 2012.


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Press Coverage

Wanamaker comedy?
Yes please, says Zoe

Zoe Wanamaker will star in a rare revival of Peter Nichols's lacerating black comedy Passion Play, about a 25-year marriage being ripped apart.

The award-winning actress will work with one of her favourite collaborators, David Leveaux, who directed her in Electra at the Donmar.

Passion Play will begin previews at the Duke Of York's Theatre from May 1. Producer Tali Pelman said she was drawn to Nichols because he gets to the heart of what goes on in a marriage.

The drama was first staged three decades ago, but Pelman believes (as I do) that it 'feels as if it were written yesterday'. Pelman added that Zoe is 'funny, sensual and exciting' — and will be perfect as the wife whose husband takes up with another woman.

Zoe was last on stage at the National in Nicholas Hytner's production of Much Ado About Nothing. Rehearsals start in March, and Passion Play visits Richmond Theatre (from April 12) and Brighton Theatre Royal (from April 23) before moving into the Duke Of York's.

Pelman hailed Passion Play as one of the three great British dramas on infidelity — the others being Stoppard's The Real Thing and Pinter's Betrayal.

Source Baz Bamigboye, Daily Mail