Stand back Doctor Foster – Suranne Jones has announced an exciting new career move that will see hear delve into even darker realms than that of her current BBC One series.
Suranne is taking on a whole new role come 2018, and this time, it’s on the stage rather than behind the camera. She will star as a grieving mother in Frozen – and no, we’re not talking about the Disney musical.
Suranne will play the mother of abducted daughter in the West End production written by Byrony Lavery. Line of Duty star Jason Watkins will play the role of Ralph, while Love Actually and Last Tango In Halifax actress Nina Sonaya has just been announced to be joining the cast.
One day, Nancy’s 10-year-old daughter heads off for a day at her Grandma’s house – but never arrives. The play will focus on the devastating tragedy from the perspective of mother Nancy, the girl’s killer, and a doctor studying the crime.
Explaining her new character, Suranne has said, “Nancy is an everywoman. She is an everymother – she is me, she is you. She is the person who looks after and cares for a household.
(Suranne is currently starring in Doctor Foster series 2)
“An event happens to her, and she is then defined by the event. And she struggles with that.”
The brand new, darker role won’t be Suranne’s first foray into theatre –
she’s previously starred in productions including Top Girls, A Few Good
Men, and Terms of Endearment.
Director Jonathan Munby told the Daily Mail how he’d advised Suranne to read Kate McCann’s biography, to truly try and grasp the heartbreak of losing a child in a disappearance case.
He explained, “She’s aware of the emotional journey she’ll need to go on and dark places she has to tap into”.
Suranne posted about the exciting news when it was announced, confessing in accompanying hashtags that, given all her recent TV work, she was “missing the stage”.
She also made sure that fans were aware the title Frozen wasn’t actually a nod to the hugely popular Disney film…
Tickets are available here, and prices will start from £15.
Suranne’s new play will run for 12 weeks only (she’s a busy lady, after all!), from 9th February – 5th May 2018. And fans have already professed their excitement for the show, with many announcing they’ve already bought tickets.
On Suranne’s Instagram post, one wrote, “Yay! I have to go to this!!!! 😊😊”, while another keen fan said “BOOKED YAY MADE OUR DAY 😍😍😍😍”
So you’d better be quick, because this play is sure to be a hit…