Friday, January 27

First major revival in 20 years of Neil Labute’s The Shape of Things

Trish Wadley Productions, in association with Park Theatre, today announce a major revival of Neil LaBute’s acclaimed play The Shape of Things in Park200. Nicky Allpress directs, with set and costume design by Peter Butler. Casting is to be announced. The production opens on 30 May, with previews from 24th May, and runs until 1st July.

From the producers of Clybourne Park, this will be the first major revival of The Shape of Things since 2004 – a dark comedy about the drama of human relationships and the nature of love and art. How far would you go for love? For art? What would you be willing to change? What price might you pay?

Adam, a geeky young student, works part-time in an art museum and video store to pay his way through college. When he meets post-grad art student Evelyn, his life changes as she instils in him a new-found confidence. As she encourages him to change his appearance, soon Adam is attracting attention he has never had before. But how much will he change his perception of himself from what he used to be to what he believes he wants to be?

The Shape of Things premièred at the Temporary Almeida Theatre at Kings Cross in 2001, directed by Neil LaBute, with Paul Rudd as Adam, Rachel Weisz as Evelyn, Gretchen Mol as Jenny, and Fred Weller as Phillip. The London production opened Off-Broadway later that year, winning the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play. LaBute wrote and directed a 2003 comedy drama film based on his play, featuring the original cast. The play has been revived in Dublin, London and New York.

Neil LaBute says, “The Shape of Things remains one of my favourite plays and I am thrilled that it is returning to London this summer, the city where it first came to life in 2001. In today’s world where everyone looks to change, alter or reinvent who they really are, this story continues to be hugely relevant and, in some ways, more so now than ever before. I look forward to working with Nicky Allpress and Trish Wadley and the entire creative team as they bring the production to life at the Park Theatre.”


The Shape of Things

Park Theatre, Park 200

Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, London N4 3JP

24th May – 1st July

Mon – Sat Evenings at 7.30pm, Thu and Sat matinees at 3pm

Box Office: 020 7870 6876*

Mon – Sat from 10am – 6pm (excluding Sunday and public holidays)

In person: Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri from 3pm – 8pm and Thu and Sat from 12pm – 8pm. Sun closed (Tickets can be purchased from the ground floor cafe bar during opening times)

*No booking fee online. Telephone booking fee applies.

Ticket prices

Previews: £15 – £25

Standard: £22.50 – £44.50

65+: £20 – £22.50 (Mon eve and Thu mat only)

Access: £17.50

Book early to secure the best prices.

Prices may change, subject to demand.

Park Up Members (16 – 26 yrs)

£10 (available on Band C seats for all perfs)

Group bookings

Buy 10 tickets and get the 11th ticket free.