Project Description


Associate Producer for THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES, a comedy, which opened at the Vaudeville Theatre on London’s West End on July 16, 2008 and closed on October 4, 2008, with a run of 93 performances and 6 paid previews (previews began on July 10, 2008).

Thirty years ago Margot Mason, pioneer of the 1970s Women’s Liberation movement and fearless academic, wrote her groundbreaking work and numerous best-sellers followed. But now she has writer’s block. Molly, an unannounced visitor and committed fan of Margot and her work, offers a potential solution – until Molly produces a gun and calmly informs Margot that she intends to kill her because she blames her for warping her mother’s mind and ruining her life with her hit book The Cerebral Vagina.

Produced by Gotham Productions and Presented by Nimax Theatres

Written by Joanna Murray-Smith; Produced by David Richenthal & Mary Beth O’Connor, in association with Nica Burns & Max Weitzenhoffer; Associate Produced by Toby Simkin; Directed by Roger Michell; Fight Direction by Terry King; Set Design by Mark Thompson; Costume Design by Mark Thompson; Lighting Design by James Whiteside and Sound Design by Matt Mckenzie.

STARRING Eileen Atkins (Margot Mason); Anna Maxwell Martin (Molly Rivers); Sophie Thompson (Tess Thornton); Con O’Neill (Frank); Paul Chahidi (Bryan Thornton) and Sam Kelly (Theo Reynolds); WITH Katherine Stark (understudy for Margot Mason); Melissa Woodbridge (understudy for Molly Rivers / Tess Thornton); Matt Addis (understudy for Bryan Thornton /Frank); Peter Yapp (understudy for Theo Reynolds);

Resident Director: David Salter; Casting by Joyce Nettles; Casting Assistant: Vivienne Storry; Production Manager: Stewart Crosbie & Simon Marlow; Deputy Staged Managed by Blair Halliday and Assistant Stage Managed by Olivia Kerslake.

General Managed by Cole Kitchenn; Company Managed by Andy Ralph; Production Administrator: Jon Bath; Press Representative: Janine Shalom / Premere PR; Press Assistant: Nicki Plowman, Emma Holland; & Esther Beaumont; Marketing Online by Toby Simkin; Marketing by Guy Chapman & Christine Pillainayagam; Marketing by Target Live; Promotions by Chris McGill / MilkTwoSugars and Photographer: Manuel Harlan.

Carpenters: Micky Murray, David Thayers & Mickey Driscoll; Painting: Luca Crestani; Production Electrician: Peter Lambert; Production Props: Lisa Buckley; Props Assistant: Lizzie Frankl; Wardrobe Supervisor: Johanna Coe; Deputy Wardrobe: Abigail Morris; Wardrobe Assistant: Rebecca Sayers; Production Hair Supervisor: Linda Mcknight; Moving Light Programmer: David Sadler; Production Assistant: Annie Rutherford Lutz & Isabella Javor; Assistant to the Producers: Emma Kingaby; Legal Counsel: Neil Adleman [UK]; Legal Counsel: Dan Wasser [US]; Insurance by Walton and Parkinson; Accounting by Steve Pennington & Louise Mansfield / Anderson and Pennington; Lighting Supply by White Light and Sound Equipment by Autograph.

The Female of the Species was commissioned by the Melbourne Theatre Company, which presented the first performance on 30 August 2006 at the Playhouse, the Arts Center, Melbourne, Australia. Artistic Director: Simon Phillips, General Manager: Ann Tonks

OLIVIER AWARD NOMINATION for Best New Comedy to The Female Of The Species