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Downton Abbey's Joanne Froggatt stars in Rabbit Hole


Downton Abbey star Joanne Froggatt has been cast in the UK premiere of David Lindsay Abaire's Tony-nominated drama Rabbit Hole, which will begin previews on 11 Sep 2014, with an official opening set for 24 Sep and will continue its limited engagement through to 22 Nov 2014.

Ms. Froggatt will be directed by Olivier Award-winning Actor Nigel Harman, whose West End acting credits include 'Shrek the Musical' (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), 'I Can't Sing!' (London Palladium), 'A Chorus of Disapproval' (Harold Pinter Theatre), 'Public Property' (Trafalgar Studios), 'Three Days of Rain' (Apollo Theatre), 'Guys and Dolls' (Piccadilly Theatre) and 'Privates on Parade' (Donmar). Followers of the 'Downton Abbey' TV series will know that this production does not mark the first time Ms. Froggatt and Mr. Harman have worked together. Their characters of Anna and Mr. Green were involved in last season's famous rape storyline.

Joanna Froggatt will play the role of Becca Corbett in Rabbit Hole. Her other theatre credits include 'The Knowledge/Little Platoons' (Bush Theatre), 'All About My Mother' (Old Vic), 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' (Manchester Royal Exchange), 'Playhouse Creatures' (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and 'Be My Baby' (Soho Theatre).

Synopsis: 'Becca and Howie Corbett are parents who have all that a family could wish for until one day their world is suddenly turned upside down. Eight months following that life-shattering incident, the young couple find themselves drifting perilously apart. Rabbit Hole charts their bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places and for a path that will lead them back into the light of day.'

The creative team behind Rabbit Hole include scenic design by Tim Hatley, lighting by Hugh Vanstone and sound design by Ben and Max Ringham. It is produced by CMP Ltd, James Quaife Productions and Celia Atkin.

David Lindsay-Abaire (playwright) won the Pulitzer Prize in 2006 and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best New Play for Rabbit Hole. On Broadway, Cynthia Nixon ('Sex and the City') played the role of Becca and won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance. Lindsay-Abaire later adapted his stage play into an award-winning film starring Nicole Kidman.

- by Tom Millward

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