The Menier Chocolate Factory today announces that Samantha Bond will play Alice in Florian Zeller’s The Lie in a translation by Christopher Hampton. The production sees the return of Zeller, Hampton and director Lindsay Posner to the Menier following the huge success of The Truth in 2016, which later transferred to the West End and was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Comedy. Full casting will be announced shortly.
Alice spots her friend’s husband with another woman. Should she tell her friend the truth…or lie? Her husband Paul is convinced that it is better to lie. But in doing so, who is being protected and who suffers? Both find out that in matters of the heart, the line between the truth and a lie can be a dangerous one to cross.
Samantha Bond plays Alice. Her theatre credits include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Savoy Theatre), Passion Play, Arcadia (Duke of York’s Theatre), Amy’s View (National Theatre, Aldwych Theatre and Broadway – Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play), Three Tall Women (Wyndham’s Theatre), What the Butler Saw, An Ideal Husband (Vaudeville Theatre), The Cid – Olivier Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Play, The Ends Of The Earth (National Theatre), A Woman Of No Importance (Haymarket Theatre), Macbeth (Albery Theatre), The Vagina Monologues (Ambassadors Theatre), A Winter’s Tale, As You Like It (RSC) and Man Of The Moment (The Globe Theatre). For television, her credits include Election Spy, Home Fires, Outnumbered, Downton Abbey, London’s Burning, New Tricks, The Queen – 1974, Larkrise To Candleford, Hotel Babylon, Consenting Adults, Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Mobile, Distant Shores, Murder Rooms, Wife Of Bath’s Tale, Donovan, The Bombmaker, Kavanagh QC, The Hunt, Return To Blood River, Madly In Love, The Ginger Tree, Trelawney Of The Wells, A Murder Is Announced, Mansfield Park; and for film, her credits include A Winter Prince, Bunch Of Amateurs, Yes, Blinded, Die Another Day, The World Is Not Enough, What Rats Won’t Do, Tomorrow Never Dies, Golden Eye and Eric The Viking.
The Lie plays at the Menier Chocolate Factory 14 September – 18 November 2017