Game of Thrones actress, Natalie Dormer, and David Oakes will star in the Theatre Royal Haymarket show directed by Patrick Marber.

David Oakes will join Dormer in the West End premiere of David Ives’ play Venus in Fur this autumn for a strictly limited nine week run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. This critically-acclaimed two-hander will run from 6 October to 9 December.

Dormer plays enigmatic actress Vanda Jordan who appears unannounced for an audition with director Thomas Novachek. She’s determined to land the leading role in his new production – despite seeming wrong for the part. Over one evening in downtown Manhattan their charged meeting becomes a seductive dance to the end.

The play has already had a successful run on Broadway in 2010, with American actress Nina Arianda winning a Tony Award for her performance. Dormer said: “It is a play that grabs you by the dog collar… The banter is smart and sexy. The thing about it is that you can find yourself being turned on one moment and outraged the next — or vice versa depending which way you are inclined — if we do it right.  There’s so much to stimulate — so much about power play and gender equality. Each character has layers upon layers, which is like catnip for actors.”

Directed by Patrick Marber, designed by Rob Howell with lighting by Hugh Vanstone and casting by Executive Producer Ilene Starger, Venus In Fur is an intoxicating dark comedy of desire, fantasy and the innate love of fur.

Best known for playing Margaery Tyrell in HBO’s Game of Thrones, Dormer’s other screen credits include The Tudors and The Hunger Games. She reunites with Marber, who wrote After Miss Julie (Young Vic) in which she played the title role. Her other stage credits include Sweet Nothings (Young Vic) and .45 (Hampstead Theatre).

Oakes’ TV credits include Victoria, The Borgias and The Pillars of the Earth. He was last seen in the West End playing Kit Marlowe in Shakespeare In Love at the Nöel Coward Theatre.

Venus In Fur plays at Theatre Royal Haymarket 6 October – 9 December 2017. Book tickets