I’ve liked Natalie Dormer ever since I first saw her in Silk. In fact, with each thing I see her in my joy at watching her only increases. She was wonderful as Ann Boleyn in The Tudors and superb as Margaery Tyrell in Game of Thrones. She was also Cressida in Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2. She is undeniably extremely talented.
Tonight we saw her on the West End. She was playing Vanda Jordan, truly a goddess, in Venus in Fur at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket. And she was fantastic.
It’s a 90 minute, one act, two handed play, written by David Ives, about a playwright/director trying to cast a play he’s adapted from the famous book by Sacher-Masoch. He’s just about given up finding a woman who can play the female lead when suddenly he meets Vanda. The sparks fly as the two of them go through his play together.
There are times of great humour and of sparkling sexuality, mimicking the thunder and lightning of the storm outside the studio. It’s all beautifully written, directed and, most of all, acted.
As the playwright/director Thomas, David Oakes is the perfect beta male trying to be more than his nature allows him. His gradual change is delightfully realised as Vanda reigns supreme.
It’s quite difficult writing about the play without giving too much away…which would be a shame. Let me leave it at “it’s fantastic” and stop there.
Before the performance we once more dined at the wonderful Brumus which as well as having great service and food, is perfectly sited next door to the theatre.
After the play, Mirinda jumped into a taxi while I walked up to the bus stop for the trip back to Waterloo and, ultimately, back to Farnham. The puppies were rather pleased to see me.
Before posting this can I just say how fantastic we thought Natalie Dormer was?