Kathy Rucker’s DARLING, inspired by a true story about an American “catfishing” scam, receives its world premiere tonight (11 November 2021) at London’s Hope Theatre, where its limited season continues until 27 November 2021. Check out our first-look gallery of production photos. Time to get booking!
In 1985 small-town Indiana, Pete responds to an advert and thinks he has met the woman of his dreams. They communicated only by letters. Eventually, he finds himself compelled to meet his love in person, and that sets in motion a scenario that is both heartbreaking and heartwarming.
DARLING, written by award-winning American playwright Kathy Rucker, is a tale of love, mercy and mail fraud in the halcyon days pre-Internet. It’s inspired by a true story that took place during the 1980s in the American Midwest – a renowned “catfishing” scam in which an unsuccessful writer and his partner penned fake love letters to men across the country, gaining their trust and money, until their fraud was uncovered.
Tom Edward-Kane plays Pete, alongside Heider Ali as Dave, Colin Bruce as Roy, and Lucia Young as Angie. The premiere production is directed by Offies Award winner Scott Le Crass, with set design by Jida, lighting by Jack Wills, sound by Bella Kear, and stage management by Summer Keeling. Sarah Jane Berger, founder of the So & So Arts Club, is produce
DARLING runs from 9 to 27 November 2021 at the Hope Theatre, 207 Upper Street, London N1 1RL, with performances Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.45pm. Tickets from £15 (concessions £12). CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
Production photography by Steve Gregson.