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Di and Viv and Rose

Tamzin Outhwaite as Di (Credit: Johan Persson)

Tamzin Outhwaite as Di (Credit: Johan Persson)

Hampstead Theatre’s critically acclaimed production Di and Viv and Rose, is on now at the Vaudeville Theatre until 23 May 2015. Anna Mackmin returns to direct Amelia Bullmore’s vivid, touching and seriously funny exploration of friendship’s impact on life and living. Tamzin Outhwaite reprises her role as Di (until Saturday 28 March) and is joined by Samantha Spiro as Viv and Jenna Russell as Rose.

Aged eighteen, three women join forces at university. Life is fun. Life is intense. Together they feel unbeatable. As Di and Viv and Rose grow up, chance and choice put their closeness to the test. They must thrash out how to work, how to love, how to live.

The SLOAN! Review

Di and Viv and Rose explores some very touching issues and encompasses the dynamics of friendship in a genuinely authentic manner. All three actresses did their respective roles justice but I was most drawn to the character of Rose. The characters brought forward the innocence of 18 year-olds about to face the world and the play highlights the fact that actions equal consequences. The story of these three women is a poignant demonstration that family is about the people you choose to spend your life with and is more than just biology. The play effectively expresses the ups and downs and twists and turns experienced over the course of a friendship and is a heartwarming tale about the lasting legacy of love and connection between three very different women.

Jenna Russell as Rose (Credit: Johan Persson)

Jenna Russell as Rose (Credit: Johan Persson)

Amelia Bullmore’s debut play Mammals, also directed by Anna Mackmin, co-won the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and shortlisted for the What’s On Best New Comedy Award. Bullmore’s work as an actress includes The Norman Conquests (The Old Vic and on Broadway), Twenty Twelve, State of Play, Alan Partridge, Jam, Big Train and Scott and Bailey. Her TV writing credits include This Life, Black Cab, Attachments and Scott and Bailey series 2, 3 and 4; radio writing includes 5 series of Craven, Cash Flow, The Middle, Family Tree and The Bat Man.

Samantha Spiro as Viv (Credit: Johan Persson)

Samantha Spiro as Viv (Credit: Johan Persson)

Di and Viv and Rose is Amelia and Anna’s sixth production together. Anna has directed all of Amelia’s writing for the stage to date, including the award winning Mammals and a new version of Ibsen’s Ghosts at the Gate Theatre. They’ve also worked together twice as an actress and director; in Sheffield where Amelia played Elizabeth Proctor in Anna’s production of The Crucible and at the National Theatre in Really Old Like Forty Five.

Di and Viv and Rose is produced in the West End by Nick Frankfort & Tobias Round for CMP Ltd and Greg Ripley-Duggan for Hampstead Theatre.

Cast of Di and Viv and Rose (Credit: Johan Persson)

Cast of Di and Viv and Rose (Credit: Johan Persson)

Di and Viv and Rose premiered at Hampstead Downstairs in 2011 where it was a sell-out success. Hampstead Downstairs produces new plays in front of a paying audience but without formal press evaluation; the programme allows writers and directors to trial new work, with a view to transferring to a wider audience, ready for critical assessment.  Di and Viv and Rose transferred to Hampstead Theatre’s Main Stage in 2013, the first in-house transfer of its kind. Other Hampstead Downstairs Productions have transferred to the West End and toured regionally and internationally. Di and Viv and Rose is Hampstead Theatre’s third West End transfer this year following Good People by David Lindsay Abaire and the new musical Sunny Afternoon, with lyrics and music by Ray Davies and book by Joe Penhall.

Di and Viv and Rose
From 22 January to 23 May 2015

Vaudeville Theatre
404 The Strand
London
WC2R 0NH
Website: www.diandvivandrose.com

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