Joshua Malina Will Make London Stage Debut in What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank | Playbill

London News Joshua Malina Will Make London Stage Debut in What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank

The Nathan Englander play made its world premiere in 2022 at The Old Globe.

Joshua Malina Heather Gershonowitz

Nathan Englander's What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank is crossing the pond for a London bow at the Marylebone Theatre, with performances running October 4-November 23. Tony winner Patrick Marber (Leopoldstadt) will direct.

Starring as Phil will be Joshua Malina, reprising his performance from the work's 2022 world premiere at The Old Globe. The former screen star of West WingScandal, and Big Bang Theory will make his London stage debut in the production, following a 1989 Broadway debut in the ensemble of A Few Good Men and a 2023 return in Leopoldstadt, also directed by Marber.

Adapted from Englander's Pulitzer finalist short story of the same name, the play follows two high school friends who, after years apart, reunite at a dinner party with their respective husbands that goes off the rails. Described in press notes as a "serious new comedy," the play covers everything from identity, politics, Gaza and Israel, the Holocaust, and more.

"I first wrote What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank as a short story for the New Yorker Magazine in 2011, and I’ve been rewriting it in different ways ever since," says Englander in a statement. "I think my obsession with the piece is probably because the setup is something I see as an increasingly rare occurrence in our ever more polarized and personalized-algorithm driven lives. That is, two best friends, now on opposite ends of political, religious, and economic spectrums come together to talk and laugh and cry it all out—and to see if any of the love they’ve long felt for each other can survive."

The work make its world premiere at The Old Globe in 2022, but the London production will be a new staging—Marber did not direct the earlier run. Marylebone's production will feature scenic and costume design by Anna Fleischle and sound design by David Gregory, with additional casting and creative team members to be announced in the coming weeks.

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