THE WOODS by David Mamet to play in London at Southwark Playhouse

David Mamet’s extraordinary 1977 ‘battle of the sexes’ play gets its 1st UK revival after 21 years, directed by Russell Bolam, at Southwark Playhouse 24 February – Saturday 26 March, 2022 starring Francesca Carpanini and Sam Frenchum.

Francesca Carpanini is an American actress. ‘The Woods’ will mark her UK debut. Her Broadway roles include Ann Deever in Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of ‘All My Sons’ alongside Annette Bening and Tracy Letts, and Alexandra Giddens in ‘The Little Foxes’ alongside Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon. Other theatre includes: Miranda in ‘The Tempest’ (Shakespeare in the Park); Chris in ‘Dead Poet’s Society’ (Classic Stage Company). Francesca also appeared in ‘The Good Wife’ for CBS.

Sam Frenchum has just finished shooting the second series of ‘Bridgerton’ for Netflix. He also starred as series regular Gary Bell in the second season of ‘Grantchester.’ Theatre includes: ‘Valued Friends’ (Rose Theatre, Kingston); Mersault in Ben Okri’s adaptation of Camus’ ‘The Outsider’ (The Print Room); ‘Love From A Stranger’ (Royal & Derngate Theatre); and Hal in ‘Loot’ (Park Theatre/The Watermill).

Nick and Ruth are spending the weekend at a remote cabin in the woods. They push their relationship to breaking point in a night of stories and fights, only to rediscover their need for one another in the morning, but the final reconciliation remains uncomfortably tempered by the violent core we now know to be hiding beneath.