We’ve never been more connected. We’ve never been more alone.

Two-time Olivier Award-winner Ruth Wilson to star in THE HUMAN VOICE – the searing story of a woman’s heartbreak over the course of a final phone call with her former lover.

Reunited with groundbreaking director Ivo van Hove (A View From The Bridge, Network) for the first time since their acclaimed Hedda Gabler, Ruth Wilson (The Affair, Mrs Wilson, His Dark Materials) returns to the West End for 31 performances only in this explosive reimagining of one of theatre’s greatest roles.

Jean Cocteau’s stunning monologue is more illuminating about love and loneliness than ever. Don’t miss it.

Originally produced by International Theatre Amsterdam

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PERFORMANCE DATES AND TIMES 

17TH MARCH – 9TH APRIL 2022

Monday – Thursday at 7.30pm
Fridays at 6.30pm and 8.30pm
Wednesday & Saturday matinees at 2.30pm

 

ACCESS PERFORMANCES

Audio Described Performance:
1st April, 8.30pm

Captioned Performance:
6th April, 7.30pm

 

Cast & Creative

  • RUTH WILSON

    RUTH WILSON

    Two-time Olivier award-winner, Golden Globe winner, and Tony and BAFTA nominated actress Ruth Wilson has paved her way in theatre, television, and film. Best known for her portrayals of Mrs Coulter in His Dark Materials, Alison Bailey in The Affair, Alice Morgan in Luther and for her Olivier Award winning work on the London stage, Wilson has quickly become one of Britain’s most lauded actresses.

    Wilson’s television performances include; Mrs Coulter in the BBC/HBO popular television series of Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials, Showtime’s Golden Globe-winning original series, The Affair, for which she won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama Series in 2015. BBC miniseries Jane Eyre, receiving a BAFTA nomination for Best Actress, along with a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress Miniseries or Television Film. Wilson has also appeared in the popular UK psychological police drama Luther as the sociopath Alice Morgan. Most recently she was BAFTA nominated for her performance as her own grandmother in the BBC miniseries, Mrs Wilson.

    Film performances have seen Wilson team up with a diverse list of directors, including, Oscar nominated Lenny Abrahamson in The Little Stranger. Dark River saw the collaboration with BAFTA nominated director Clio Barnard, for which Wilson received a BIFA Best Actress nomination. Additionally, Wilson has worked with directors such as Joe Wright, Gore Verbinski, Steven Knight, John Cameron Mitchell and John Lee Hancock.

    Wilson is a mainstay on the London and Broadway stages. Most recently the Broadway production of King Lear saw Wilson play both Cordelia and The Fool opposite Glenda Jackson. Lear earned Wilson her second Tony Award nomination. Her first received in 2015 for her Broadway debut in Constellations playing opposite Jake Gyllenhaal. In London, she has worked at prestigious theatres such The National, the Donmar Warehouse and the Almeida Theatre. Her performance of Hedda Gabler directed by Ivo von Hove in 2016 earned her a third Olivier Award Nomination. Wilson’s previous Olivier wins were for her work at the Donmar Warehouse with director Rob Ashford. She won a Best Actress award for her performance in Eugene O’Neill’s Anna Christie opposite Jude Law and a Best Supporting Actress award as Stella in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire opposite Rachel Weisz. In 2013 Wilson made her directorial debut in the production of The El train, a series of Eugene O’Neill one act plays performed at Hoxton Hall. The play and her performance in it received 5 Star reviews.

    In 2018 Wilson moved into production, serving as Executive Producer on the BBC/PBS Masterpiece mini-series Mrs Wilson alongside Snowed in Productions. A Story based on her own family history, Mrs Wilson received 4 BAFTA nominations including Best Mini-Series, Best Hair and Make-up, Best Support Actress and a Best Actress for Wilson’s portrayal of her own grandmother.

    In 2020 Wilson set up her production company, LADY LAZARUS. Ruth’s first feature, True Things, in which she was nominated for Best Actress at the BIFA’s, was written and directed by Harry Wootliff and made in collaboration with The Bureau and Riff Raff UK alongside BBC films and the BFI. Wilson serves as producer on the film as well as the leading role. Other projects include TV and film productions in partnership with HBO and Animal Kingdom. With Wilson at the helm of these projects LADY LAZARUS is set to become the home of female driven storytelling, in film, television and theatre.

  • JEAN COCTEAU

    WRITER

    JEAN COCTEAU

    WRITER

    Jean Cocteau (1889 –1963) was a French poet, playwright, novelist, designer, filmmaker, visual artist and critic. His additional principal works for the stage include La Machine Infernale, Les Parents terribles, La Machine à écrire, and L’Aigle à deux têtes.

  • IVO VAN HOVE

    ADAPTER AND DIRECTOR

    IVO VAN HOVE

    ADAPTER AND DIRECTOR

    Ivo van Hove has been Artist Director of Internationaal Theater Amsterdam (formerly Toneelgroup) since 2001. From 1998 to 2004, he was Artistic Director of the Holland Festival, presenting a varied selection of international theatre, music, opera and dance. His theatre credits include the theatrical adaptation of The Glass Menagerie (Théâtre de l’Odéon, Internationaal Theater Amsterdam), West Side Story (Broadway Theatre), All About Eve (Noël Coward Theatre), Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life (Internationaal Theater Amsterdam), Network (National Theatre and Cort Theatre, Broadway), Hedda Gabler (National Theatre), A View from the Bridge (Young Vic/Wyndham’s Theatre/Lyceum Theatre, Broadway), The Crucible (Walter Kerr Theatre), Lazarus (King’s Cross Theatre/New York Theatre Workshop); and Visconti’s The Damned (La Comédie-Française, Paris/ The Park Avenue Armory). He is the recipient of two Olivier Awards and two Tony Awards for A View From the Bridge; two Obie Awards for More Stately Mansions and Hedda Gabler. In addition, he is also Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France; and King Filip of Belgium awarded him Commander of the Order of the Crown. Additional directing credits include Angels in America, Roman Tragedies, Kings of War, Opening Night, Taming of the Shrew, Scenes from a Marriage, Othello, The Miser, Mourning Becomes Electra, Long Day’s Journey into Night and The Fountainhead (all Internationaal Theater Amsterdam).

  • JAN VERSWEYVELD

    DESIGNER

    JAN VERSWEYVELD

    DESIGNER

    Jan Versweyveld is Head of Design and Photographer for ITA (formerly Toneelgroep Amsterdam). He joined the company in 2001 and has worked on theatre, dance and opera productions, as set and light designer, in Europe, the UK, and the United States.

    In addition to designing for numerous renowned directors, Jan has designed every production for long term collaborator Ivo van Hove and many dance productions for Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (Rosas Dance Company).

    Works created or presented in London include: All About Eve (West End) A View from the Bridge, Song from far Away (Young Vic), Hedda Gabler, Network (National Theatre), Lazarus (Kings Cross), Scenes from a Marriage, Roman Tragedies, Kings of War, The Antonioni Project, After the Rehearsal/Persona, Antigone and Obsession (Barbican).

  • SONIA FRIEDMAN PRODUCTIONS

    PRODUCER

    SONIA FRIEDMAN PRODUCTIONS

    PRODUCER

    SONIA FRIEDMAN PRODUCTIONS (SFP), is an international production company responsible for some of the most successful theatre productions in London and New York.

    Since 1990, Sonia’s company, Sonia Friedman Productions, has developed, initiated and been lead producer of over 180 new productions and together the company has been responsible for winning a staggering 58 Olivier Awards, 34 Tonys and 2 BAFTAs. 

    In 2019, Sonia Friedman OBE was awarded ‘Producer of the Year’ at the Stage Awards for a record breaking fourth time. In 2018, Friedman was also featured in TIME 100, a list of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2017 she took the number one spot in ‘The Stage 100’, becoming the first number one in the history of the compilation not to own or operate West End theatres and the first solo woman for almost 20 years.

    Current productions include: the UK premiere of The Book of Mormon, West End and UK & European Tour, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London, New York, Melbourne, San Francisco and  Hamburg, Mean Girls US Tour, and The Shark is Broken at the Ambassador’s Theatre, London. 

    Forthcoming productions include: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in Toronto and Tokyo; Dreamgirls UK tour; To Kill a Mockingbird at the Gielgud Theatre, London; Jerusalem at the Apollo Theatre, London; the North American premiere of Tom Stoppard’s Leopoldstadt in Toronto; Oklahoma! at the Young Vic, Dr Semmelweis at the Bristol Old Vic, and Funny Girl on Broadway in 2022.

    Previous theatre productions include: the world premiere of Tom Stoppard’s Leopoldstadt at Wyndham’s Theatre, London, Anna X, Walden and J’Ouvert  as part of the RE:EMERGE season, The Comeback, Uncle Vanya, Mean Girls (on Broadway), Fiddler on the Roof, Rosmersholm, The Ferryman, The Inheritance, Summer and Smoke, Dreamgirls, The JungleAll About Eve, Consent, The Birthday Party, Ink, Hamlet starring Andrew Scott, Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?TravestiesThe Glass MenagerieNice FishA Christmas CarolFunny GirlFarinelli and The King, Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch, 1984, Sunny AfternoonBend It Like BeckhamThe NetherThe RiverElectraKing Charles IIIShakespeare in Love, Ghosts, Mojo, ChimericaMerrily We Roll AlongOld TimesTwelfth Night and Richard IIIA Chorus of DisapprovalThe Sunshine BoysHay FeverAbsent FriendsTop GirlsBetrayalMuch Ado About Nothing, Clybourne ParkThe Children’s HourA Flea in Her EarLa BêteAll My SonsPrivate LivesJerusalemA Little Night MusicLegally BlondeOthelloArcadiaThe MountaintopThe Norman ConquestsA View From the BridgeDancing at LughnasaMaria Friedman: Re-ArrangedLa Cage aux FollesNo Man’s LandThe SeagullUnder the Blue SkyThat FaceDealer’s ChoiceHergés Adventures of TintinIn CelebrationBoeing-BoeingThe Dumb WaiterRock ‘n’ RollLove SongFaith HealerBentEh JoeDonkeys’ YearsOtherwise EngagedCelebrationShoot the CrowAs You Like ItThe Home PlaceWhose Life Is It Anyway?, By the Bog of CatsThe Woman in White, Guantanamo: ‘Honor Bound to Defend Freedom’EndgameJumpersSee You Next Tuesday, Hitchcock BlondeAbsolutely! {Perhaps}Sexual Perversity in ChicagoRagtime, MacbethWhat the Night Is ForAfterplayUp for GrabsA Day in the Death of Joe EggNoises OffOn an Average DayA Servant to Two MastersPort AuthoritySpoonface Steinberg and Speed-The-Plow.

    TV productions include BBC’s Wolf Hall (co-producer), The Dresser (Exec Producer) and King Lear with Anthony Hopkins (Exec Producer), Uncle Vanya, J’Ouvert and Dennis Kelly’s Together, with James McAvoy and Sharon Horgan, and the forthcoming Walden and Anna X – both filmed on the stage of the Harold Pinter Theatre. For cinema, Uncle Vanya and Walden.