The Paramount Pictures film was one of the highest-grossing movies of the 1980s, now the stage adaptation of Fatal Attraction is tipped to be one of the hottest theatre tickets of 2022.
The acclaimed psychosexual thriller creeps into Manchester Opera House this February. Written by James Dearden, Fatal Attraction is a sensational tale of seduction and suspense and the latest show from the producers of the celebrated tours of Patrick Hamilton’s Gaslight and Patricia Highsmith’s Strangers on a Train.
When Dan Gallagher, a happily married New York lawyer meets charismatic editor Alex on a night out in the city, their casual encounter goes terribly awry. Both committing to a night of passion they can’t retract, Dan returns to his family and tries to move on from the mistake he has made, but Alex has other plans. As jilted Alex becomes increasingly more obsessed with the lawyer, Dan experiences the true devastation an affair can cause – of course, fans of the movie won’t need reminding of the iconic scene that coined the term ‘bunny boiler’.
Dealing with discussions around the complicated issues of consent, trust and responsibility, the play does also raise some difficult questions around mental health, as Director Loveday Ingram points out: “Audiences today will no doubt respond differently to the ‘bunny boiler’ character Alex, made famous by Glenn Close, and the debate it ignites today will be very different from 1988 as our awareness of mental health has progressed significantly…the show promises to provide an evening of passion and debate.”
With an impeccable and glamorous cast, Fatal Attraction stars Kym Marsh (Hear’Say, Coronation Street, Morning Live) as scorned lover Alex Forrest, while soap star Oliver Farnworth (Coronation Street) steps into the shoes of her married lover Dan Gallagher. The cast is completed by TV actress Susie Amy (Footballer’s Wives) as the protective wife, Beth Gallagher.
With a truly talented trio of stars in what promises to be a grip-the-edge-of-your-seat production, we recommend booking soon for a brilliant and provocative night out.
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