About The Show
It’s a regular poker game, it’s supposed to be a friendly game, but this week the stakes are high and winning has its price. In a night of psychological violence and bluff, six men stay up late and bust each other out.
Samuel West (who recently stepped down as artistic director of the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield) returns to London to direct the first major London revival of Patrick Marber’s debut play Dealer’s Choice. Samuel has also directed The Romans in Britain (Crucible), Three Women and a Piano Tuner (Hampstead) and Cosi Fan Tutte (ENO, Barbican). He is also one of the country’s leading actors and most recently appeared in Betrayal by Harold Pinter at the Donmar.
Dealer’s Choice premiered at the National Theatre in February 1995. It received the 1995 Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy and the Writer’s Guild Award for Best West End Play. Patrick Marber is also known for Closer, for which he wrote the stage play and later the screenplay, starring Julia Roberts, Natalie Portman, Clive Owen and Jude Law. The film received two Golden Globe awards and two Academy Award nominations. Patrick also wrote the screenplay for the hugely successful film Notes On A Scandal, starring Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett. The film received numerous award nominations including an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay.