THEATRE: FATAL ATTRACTION

BATD ON Apr 01, 2014 AT 4:22 pm

Fatal Attraction.

Fatal Attraction.

The film is renowned. It has even coined a turn of phrase that is used by those who have never seen it. ‘Bunny boiler’, meaning stalker. A woman (or man) obsessed to the point of silliness with another. Of course, it is now used in moments of exaggeration. If a girl calls a guy twice in a row after not hearing from him, she’s termed a bunny boiler. If a guy adds a girl on Facebook after not receiving a reply to his initial text, he’s a bunny boiler. Always assuming to pursued party isn’t interested. If they are, then it’s all perfectly admirable behaviour!

Any way, the film caused a storm, both in its contribution to English colloquialisms cinematic success. Who can forget it cropping up in the Bridget Jones’ Diary film to emphasise her desperate state? And now it has hit the theatre. Haymarket’s Theatre Royal to be precise. The ever beautiful Natascha McElhone plays Alex, the role originally assumed by Glenn Close. Her portrayal of her is altogether less deranged, and you actually come to feel for her naivety and loneliness in some scenes. Mark Bazeley plays Dan, the main protagonist.

Mark Bazeley and Natascha McElhone in Fatal Attraction.

Mark Bazeley and Natascha McElhone in Fatal Attraction.

He garners shaking heads and tuts galore from the audience as the play goes on, despite most knowing the storyline already.  Kristin Davis also graces the stage as Dan’s sweet wife. She’s a joy to watch, and the one the audience comes to sympathise with the most, though it was still very hard to disengage her from the idea of the Sex and the City’s Charlotte we have come to associate her with in our heads. She acts the part like Charlotte too, until the very end when her silence and solemnity is shiver inducing.

A clever inclusion in the film is a toy rabbit. It’s the question everyone has about the play when they enter. How will they work the rabbit scene? When the daughter holds up a soft toy white rabbit, there’s a hushed titter and knowing nod of heads as the audience collectively assume that the script has been tamed and that inanimate object is what will end up in the boiling pot of water. Not so. I have never seen anything earn more of an emphatic ‘aww’ from the audience than the appearance of a real live bunny on stage. Except maybe the little dog in the Legally Blonde Musical. That was rather darling.

It’s a brilliant one to see with the girls, and a decidedly interesting one to see with a partner. Talk about a cautionary tale!

Running until the 26th September at Haymarket’s Theatre Royal, London. Buy tickets here.

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