Following on from his success with Daytona at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket Oliver Cotton, has written a new play for our time, Dessert. Directed by Trevor Nunn the world premiere of this powerful, thought-provoking play about wealth, greed and the lengths to which people will go to claim what’s theirs, runs at Southwark Playhouse from 12 July.
A British financier and his wife host a lavish dinner party for their affluent American friends. The food is delicious, the conversation animated and dessert is on its way – when, from one second to another, the evening takes a sinister and alarming turn…
“Many actors, John Osborne, Harold Pinter, and for that matter, William Shakespeare, decided not only to act in plays but to write their own. I have known for many years that Oliver Cotton is of this number. I have so happily and often worked with him as an actor, and now I am hugely looking forward to encountering him in a different role when I direct his burningly relevant new play” Trevor Nunn
Oliver Cotton’s writing credits include Daytona (Park Theatre and Theatre Royal Haymarket), Wet Weather Cover (King’s Head & Arts Theatre, London), The Incredible Journey of Sir Francis Younghusband, (Royal Court), The Enoch Show (Royal Court), and Man Falling Down (Shakespeare’s Globe). His acting credits include some forty productions at the Royal National Theatre, numerous productions at London’s Royal Court and many appearances at The Royal Shakespeare Company and Shakespeare’s Globe. He was a founder member of Joint Stock and has also starred in several West End productions including: Children Of A Lesser God, Benefactors, An Ideal Husband, The Homecoming, Passion Play and Daytona.
Casting will be announced shortly
DESSERT plays at Southwark Playhouse 12 July – 5 August 2017