Foxfinder Tickets

The Ambassadors Theatre West Street, London, WC2H 9ND
Performance Timings
Monday - 19:45
Tuesday - 19:45
Wednesday 15:00 19:45
Thursday - 19:45
Friday - 19:45
Saturday 15:00 19:45
Sunday - -
Show Info

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Olivier Award-winner Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones’ Ramsay Bolton, Misfits) stars in the West End premiere of Dawn King’s award-winning thriller.

England is in crisis. Fields are flooded, food is scarce and fear of the red beast grips the land.

William Bloor, a foxfinder, arrives at Judith and Samuel Covey’s farm to investigate a suspected fox infestation. The Covey’s harvest has failed to meet their target and the government wants to know why. Trained from childhood, William is fixated on his mission to unearth the animals that must be to blame for the Covey's woes. But as the hunt progresses, William finds more questions than answers…

A darkly comic, spell-binding drama, Foxfinder, directed by Rachel O’Riordan (Olivier Award for Killology - Royal Court), asks how far belief can take you.

“A darkly thrilling new play” – Daily Telegraph

“Dawn King’s play shines out like a beacon”- The Guardian


Latest Foxfinder News & Features 

Full casting has been announced for Dawn King's Foxfinder in the West End.

Olivier nominee Bryony Hannah and Paul Nicholls will join the previously announced Heida Reed ('Poldark') and Olivier winner Iwan Rheon ('Game of Thrones') in the production.

Hannah is best known for playing Sister Mary Cynthia in six series of 'Call the Midwife' on the BBC. Her theatre credits include The Children’s Hour (Harold Pinter Theatre), where she played opposite Keira Knightley and Elisabeth Moss and was nominated for an Olivier Award. Nicholls shot to fame when he joined EastEnders in 1996. His previous theatre credits include Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Lyric Theatre), Vincent in Brixton (National Theatre), Billy Liar (Bush Theatre), The Shawshank Redemption (UK Tour) and The Promise (Tricycle Theatre, now Kiln Theatre).

The play focuses on a farming family who are struggling to feed themselves due to a plague caused by a fox contamination. After William Bloor (Rheon) arrives to root out the beast, the community descends into chaos and the course of the evening changes their lives forever. Foxfinder will be directed by Rachel O’Riordan, who directed the Royal Court and Sherman Theatre co-production of Killology, winning the Olivier Award for best achievement in an affiliate theatre earlier this year.

Foxfinder is at the Ambassadors Theatre from 6th September to 5th January.

Foxfinder tickets are available now.

Important information

Booking Until
Sat, 20 October 2018
Cast

Foxfinder Cast

By: Dawn King


Cast List

Iwan Rheon (
as William Blooruntil 5 Jan 2019 ) , Heida Reed

Reviews

Foxfinder Critics & Reviews

The Guardian ****

Foxfinder – review

In a wan year for new writing, Dawn King's play shines out like a beacon. Winner of the Papatango playwriting competition, it may display the influence of Arthur Miller's The Crucible and have echoes of Kafka, but it remains an arresting and individual work that haunts the mind long after you've seen it.

King's setting is an English countryside on the brink of crisis and subject to rigorous official inspection. One farming couple, Samuel and Judith Covey, who are already troubled by the death of their son and failing crops, find themselves under investigation by 19-year-old William Bloor, a designated foxfinder. For Bloor, the fox is the deadly enemy of mankind, with the power to contaminate farms, influence the weather, unsettle the mind and kill children. We see how Bloor's fox fixation leads neighbours to betray each other, and drives the innocent Samuel into a state of deluded guilt.

Clearly the play is a parable, but one that works because of the openness of King's central symbol. At times, the fox represents a wild, untamed sexuality of which monastic, self-flagellating Bloor is keenly aware. But the fox also symbolises the irrational search for scapegoats to explain the ills that haunt mankind. If I had to pin it down, I would say the play is an attack on the danger of fundamentalist certainties. What stops it toppling into gothic absurdity is King's sharp sense of humour, narrative drive and realism: she locates her dark fable in a plausible world where cattle have to be fed, leeks harvested and meals cooked.

Director Blanche McIntyre follows last year's dazzling Finborough revival of Accolade with another first-rate production. She keeps the staging stark and simple, and makes chilling use of prolonged silences. There are fine performances from Gyuri Sarossy as the quietly truculent Samuel, Kirsty Besterman as his anxious, raw-boned wife and from Tom Byam Shaw, who has the wit to play the foxfinder not as a raging hysteric but as a conscientious official terrified of his own repressed emotions. Any rural tragedy has to overcome the memory of Cold Comfort Farm, but King's play easily transcends that and – along with Mike Bartlett's 13 – is the most compelling new work I have seen this year.


By : Michael Billington

Ref Link : The Guardian
Venue Info

The Ambassadors Theatre

West Street, London, WC2H 9ND

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Ambassadors Theatre

Address:
 West Street, London, WC2H 9ND
Capacity: 444

The Ambassadors Theatre opened in 1913, designed by W. G. R. Sprague. It was built as a companion to the nearby St Martin’s Theatre, with the intention of housing smaller productions in a more intimate venue. Its location, opposite The Ivy restaurant, was considered to be ideal for the theatrical elite who frequented the renowned restaurant.

The first play to perform here, Panthea, lasted just 15 nights and the management of the theatre was taken over by Charles B. Cochran who turned the theatre’s success around with the arrival of Paris’ latest form of entertainment, the ‘intimate’ revue. Playing over 400 performances in 1914, Odds and Ends returned in 1915. Dramatic plays made their mark on the theatre in the 1920s, including a performance from Ivor Novello (in Deburau, his stage debut), the premiere of Eugene O’Neill’s play The Emperor Jones, and the opportunity for Laurence Olivier to see the stage debut of his (unbeknownst to him at the time) future wife, Vivien Leigh.

The Ambassadors was the first home for England’s longest-running productions, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap. The show played here from 1952 until 1973, when it transferred to its companion theatre, the St Martin’s, which is a larger house and could better meet the audience demand for tickets.

Following a change of hands in 1996 to its namesake company the Ambassador Theatre Group, the theatre was redeveloped into two small spaces and the Royal Court held a residency there until 1999 when the venue was returned to its original layout. The name was also changed to New Ambassadors and the theatre played host to more niche productions, the likes of which were normally seen in smaller fringe venues.

It wasn’t until 2007 that the name reverted to The Ambassadors and a thorough refurbishment took place. More commercial type shows began appearing again, such as the Menier Chocolate Factory’s revival of Little Shop of Horrors and in October of that year the theatrical sensation Stomp opened and has played there for over a decade, but it was annoucned the show would close in January 2018.

Stomp was followed up by Beginning, a new play transferring for a limited run from the National Theatre's Dorfman space. Plans have been announced by the theatre's owners to make the theatre into a space for touring companies, regional theatre and shows with limited runs to have a second life in the West End. Official plans for the theatre - tentatively named the Sondheim Theatre - are yet to by announced by Delfont Mackintosh.


Seating

The auditorium has two levels – Stalls and Dress Circle. Whilst an intimate space, there are a couple of obstacles patrons may wish to be aware of.

In the Stalls, the rake of the seating becomes obvious from Row E and is quite a sharp rake, but the last two rows are set lower than those in front. The overhang of the Dress Circle affects the view from Row M.

The Dress Circle is not affected by an overhang, but the legroom on this level is not ideal.


Facilities At Ambassadors Theatre

Seat plan: Ambassadors Theatre Seat Plan
Facilities: Air conditioned
Bar
Infrared hearing loop
Toilets


Access description: 15cm step into foyer. Box Office to left. 26 steps down to Stalls. 5 steps up to Dress Circle with 3 steep steps between rows. Staircases have highlights and handrails on both sides. Venue open 30 mins before performance.

Sound Amplification: Induction Loop Necklace: suitable for persons wearing a hearing aid. The induction loop is worn around the neck and the hearing aid needs to be switched to the ‘T’ setting. The loop has adjustable volume control. Headset: This device amplifies the sound through earpieces similar to headphones. Suitable for persons without hearing aids.

Guide Dogs: Guide dogs allowed inside auditorium – please ask for an aisle seat or row F in the Circle. Dogs can also be looked after by theatre staff with prior arrangement.

Disabled Access: No spaces for wheelchair users. Transfer seating for 2 people is possible to row F in the Circle (up 5 steps).

Toilets: No adapted toilets. Regular toilets on various levels.


Nearest tube: Leicester Square
Tube lines: Piccadilly, Northern
Location: West End
Railway station: Charing Cross
Bus numbers: (Charing Cross Road) 14, 19, 38, 24, 29, 176
Night bus numbers: (Charing Cross Road) 14, 24, 176, N5, N19, N29, N38, N41, N279
Car park: Chinatown (5mins)
Within congestion zone?: Yes
Directions from tube: (5mins) Take Cranbourn Street away from Leicester Square until St Martin’s Lane, where you head left up to West Street. The theatre’s on your left past St Martin’s Theatre.