It has been confirmed that Richard Eyre’s production of Mr Foote’s Other Leg starring Simon Russell Beale will transfer to the West End.
Following its sold out run at the Hampstead Theatre, Mr Foote’s Other Leg will open at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 4th November 2015 (previews from 28th October) for a limited run until Saturday 23rd January 2016.
The new comedy, set in Georgian London, is written by Ian Kelly. Design is by Tim Hatley with the full cast including: Russell Beale (Samuel Foote); Dervla Kirwan (Peg Woffington); Joseph Millson (David Garrick); Micah Balfour (Frank Barber); Jenny Galloway (Mrs Garner); Ian Kelly (Prince George); Forbes Masson (John Hunter); Colin Stinton (Benjamin Franklin/Charles Macklin); Sophie Bleasdale (Miss Chudleigh) and Joshua Elliott (Hallam).
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?
Russell Beale is acknowledged as one of the UK’s foremost actors. Stage appearances include Temple (Donmar), King Lear and Timon of Athens (National Theatre) and Privates on Parade (Noel Coward Theatre). TV includes Penny Dreadful, Henry IV Parts I & IIand Spooks. Film includes My Week with Marilyn, Tarzan, Into the Woods and The Deep Blue Sea. His awards include two BAFTAs, three Olivier Awards, and Evening Standard and Critics Circle Awards.