Millions of Poldark fans were left heartbroken on Sunday evening when Heida Reed’s character Elizabeth Warleggan met her untimely and tragic end in the season four finale. So fans of the programme will be happy to hear that Reed will star with Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones’ Ramsay Bolton, Misfits) in the West End premiere of Foxfinder. Dawn King’s unsettling and darkly comic drama will play a strictly limited season at the Ambassadors Theatre from 6 September 2018 until 5 January 2019.
Foxfinder will be directed by Rachel O’Riordan whose production of Killology at the Royal Court won the 2018 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre. Further casting will be announced at a later date.
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…
First performed at London’s Finborough Theatre in 2011, Foxfinder opened to rave reviews and won King the 2013 Royal National Theatre Foundation Playwright award, a Pearson Award Bursary as Playwright-in-Residence at the Finborough, the Papatango Theatre Company new writing competition and the Off West End award for Most Promising Playwright.
Foxfinder is designed by Gary McCann with lighting design by Paul Anderson. Simon Slater is the composer and sound designer for the production.
Icelandic actress Heida Reed joined the award-winning BBC drama Poldark in 2015 and has since had roles in Silent Witness, also for the BBC, and as Ingrid in the romantic comedy One Day, opposite Anne Hathaway. She has also been nominated for an Icelandic Academy Award for the titular lead role in television series Stella Blómkvist. Having trained at London’s Drama Centre, Reed’s previous stage work includes Scarlet at the Southwark Playhouse and the 2011 revival of Top Girls at Trafalgar Studios.