Jan 20, 2014

    Bunny boiler set to terrorise London theatre


    A STAGE version of the 1980s movie Fatal Attraction starring Glenn Close and Michael Douglas, which gave rise to the expression "bunny boiler" to denote a disgruntled former lover or stalker, will open in London.

    British actress Natascha McElhone will play Alex, the woman who stalks a man who viewed their relationship as just a weekend fling, and the show - which will open in March - will be directed by West End and Broadway veteran Trevor Nunn, publicists Premier Communications said on Friday.

    The play, previews of which begin on March 8, has been adapted for the stage by James Dearden, who was nominated for an Oscar in 1988 for his screenplay. The movie was one of the big hits of 1987.

    The male lead to take the part of Dan, played by Douglas in the movie, will be announced shortly, said a spokesman for the publicists.

    McElhone is a stage, screen and television actress best known for her parts in The Truman Show and Ronin, and for her role as Karen in the United States television series Californication.

    The movie is about a married man who has what he thinks will be a weekend affair with a woman while his wife is away, but is then pursued by her in a series of increasingly aggressive ways - leading to a gory conclusion.

    Alex's attack on Dan's family, which sees her break into his home and kill his daughter's pet rabbit, leaving it in a pot on the stove to boil, gave rise to the expression "bunny boiler".