The production will begin performances at the Rose Theatre from the 2nd September.

(c)Iona Firouzabadi

It has been announced that Martin Marquez will join the previously announced Saffron Coomber in the world premiere of Alys Metcalf’s play Leopards at the Rose Theatre as part of Artistic Director Christopher Haydon’s inaugural season at Rose Theatre. 

Martin Marquez is known for his work for Donmar Warehouse, The National and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. His recent stage credits include starring as Nathan Detroit in Sheffield Theatre’s production of Guys & Dolls and in Josie Rourke’s revival of Sweet Charity at the Donmar as Vittorio Vidal. 

Saffron Coomber’s theatre credits include Emilia (West End), for which she was nominated for ‘Best West-End Debut’ at The Stage Debut Awards 2019, Sonnet Sunday (Globe) and A New and Better You (Yard Theatre).

Sex, power and consent – can we ever atone for the sins of our past? When Niala arranges to meet celebrated charity leader Ben in the bar of a London hotel for career advice, their evening unfolds into something far less professional. As the weather closes in and secrets start to surface, the consequences of their choices leave them nowhere to hide.

A gripping encounter that takes place over the course of one stormy night, Leopards is a new play about the image we construct of ourselves and what it truly means to be good.

As well as being directed by Christopher Haydon, the production has been designed by Lily Arnold, with sound design by Gareth Fry and lighting design by Colin Grenfell. Asha Jennings-Grant is the intimacy director and Amber Sinclair-Case the assistant director. It is being produced by the Rose Theatre and the Olivier Award-winning Francesca Moody Productions (FleabagBaby Reindeer, Shedinburgh) in association with Emmy Award-winner Kater Gordon (Mad Men).

Leopards will play at the Rose Theatre from the 2nd to the 25th September.