Venus In Fur Is An Erotically Charged Tale Offering Chills And Thrills

Venus in Fur, Theatre Royal Haymarket ★★★★★

Venus In Fur Is An Erotically Charged Tale Offering Chills And Thrills Venus in Fur, Theatre Royal Haymarket 5
Natalie Dormer and David Oakes in Venus in Fur at Theatre Royal Haymarket. Credit Darren Bell

David Ives’s poignant two-hander, Venus in Fur, sees an actress’s audition for a director develop into so much more. The director also wrote the play, basing it on the 1870 novella by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (responsible for the word masochism — enough said!).

As things proceed it becomes unclear if they are role playing the work’s characters or their own fantasies concerning subservience and domination. The performances of Natalie Dormer (of Game of Thrones fame) and David Oakes are electric as they remain believable throughout their many flips in mood, and while this erotically charged tale may not be for everyone it should thrill and chill most in equal measure.

Venus in Fur, Theatre Royal Haymarket. £10-90, until 9 December 2017

Last Updated 18 October 2017