It has been confirmed that a revival of Mike Bartlett’s Olivier Award winning play will take place at the Ambassadors Theatre next year.

Taron Egerton by Gavin Bond

It has been announced that Taron Egerton will be making his West End debut in a new production of Mike Bartlett’s Cock, which will begin performances at the Ambassadors Theatre from the 5th March 2022.

Directed by Marianne Elliott, the production is also set to star Jonathan Bailey, Jade Anouka and Phil Daniels. It is the first West End production of the play which originally premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in 2009.

John (Jonathan Bailey) is happy in himself and with his boyfriend (Taron Egerton), until one day he meets the woman of his dreams (Jade Anouka).

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Talking about the news of the production, Marianne Elliott said: “I feel so excited to be working on this beautifully crafted and hilarious play by Mike Bartlett. It keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout. A truly theatrical piece in that it asks the audience to enter the imagination of the storytelling – as only live theatre can do. It’s also all about the acting so to have such a talented, highly experienced, stellar cast is an absolute dream!”

Taron Egerton is best known for his Golden Globe winning performance for his portrayal of Sir Elton John in Rocketman. He will next be seen starring in Blackbird, a limited series drama for Apple TV alongside Paul Walter Hauser, Tetris directed by Jon S. Baird and produced by Matthew Vaughn for Apple + and is also set to star in Claire Denis’ romantic drama thriller Stars at Noon, opposite Margaret Qualley.

Jonathan Bailey won an Olivier Award for his ground-breaking role of Jamie in Marianne Elliott’s West End revival of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s musical Company.  Jonathan plays Viscount Anthony Bridgerton in the Netflix’ period drama, Bridgerton, a role he is reprising in the second series scheduled for release in 2022. 

Jade Anouka’s recent TV credits include Ruta Skadi in BBC/HBO’s His Dark Materials, Channel 5’s The Drowning and ITV’s Cleaning Up. Her film credits include Ear For EyeFisherman’s Friends and Last Christmas.

Phil Daniels’ is best known for his roles in Eastenders and Rock and Chips. His theatre credits include:The Merchant of Venice, The Jew of Malta and A Clockwork Orange for the RSC, This House for the National Theatre, King Lear at Chichester Festival Theatre and Thenardier in Les Miserables in the West End.

Joining Marianne Elliott on the creative team are:  Designer Merle Hensel, Lighting Designer Paule Constable, Sound Designer Ian Dickinson, Composer Femi Temowo, Movement Director Annie-Lunette Deakin-Foster, Casting Director Charlotte Sutton, Vocal Coach Hazel Holder and Associate Director Chloe Christian.

Cock will play at the Ambassadors Theatre from the 5th March 2022.