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Hannah Arterton to star in Original Death Rabbit at Jermyn Street Theatre

Hannah Arterton

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

HANNAH Arterton is to star in the stage premiere of Rose Heiney’s Original Death Rabbit. The opening production in Jermyn Street Theatre’s Portrait Season, it runs from Wednesday, January 9 to Saturday, February 9, 2019.

Arterton, who can currently be seen playing a leading role in Safe (Netflix/Canal+/Red Productions) and whose recent television credits include The Five (Sky/Red Productions) and Versailles (Canal+/BBC), will take the role of a young woman who becomes an internet sensation just as the rest of her life falls apart.

We all have our comfort blankets and coping mechanisms. And if yours happens to be wearing a full-sized rabbit onesie (with ears), what’s the problem? You’re not bothering anyone. At least, not until you’re photographed at the back of a child’s funeral. Dressed as a rabbit. And the photo goes viral.

Original Death Rabbit is a tale of our time, that shines a light on one woman’s struggle with the dark side of the internet. Rose Heiney’s incisive comedy, now rewritten for the stage, was originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2017.

Hannah Arterton’s feature film debut was as a woman caught in a love triangle in the critically praised romantic musical Walking on Sunshine (Vertigo Films/2014). In the same year, she starred in the award-winning Hide and Seek, a romantic drama about a polyamorous commune. Recent film credits include Burn Burn Burn (Rather Good Films/2015), Heretiks and Peripheral (directed by Paul Hyett/2017).

Arterton has also appeared on stage at the Almeida in Stephen Poliakoff’s My City.

Rose Heiney is a screenwriter, playwright and novelist. Her first play, Elephants, sold out at Hampstead Theatre. Television writing includes Miranda and Fresh Meat. Her first novel, The Days of Judy B, was nominated for The Times/South Bank Show Breakthrough Award. She is currently writing a film for Working Title and Studio Canal.

Original Death Rabbit is directed by Hannah Joss, who was previously Baylis Assistant Director at the Old Vic Theatre and is currently a Resident Director at the Almeida Theatre.

Original Death Rabbit has set and costume design by Louie Whitemore, lighting design by Adam King and sound design by Alexandra Faye Braithwaite.

Tickets: £10 – £30. 100 tickets at £10 for under-30s for each production, and £15 preview tickets. Please note that after Saturday, January 26 all tickets are full price. To book, call the box office on 0207 287 2875 or visit

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7:30pm, with Saturday matinees at 3.30pm.

Running time: Around 90 minutes.

Read more about Jermyn Street Theatre’s Portrait Season.

Also at Jermyn Street Theatre: Burke and Hare (November 28 to December 21, 2018).