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Billie Piper, a two-time BAFTA Awards nominee for her work in Dr. Who, is currently in talks to star in a New York transfer of the Young Vic production of Simon Stone’s Yerma, according to the Daily Mail.
Piper starred in the title role of Yerma, which played a limited engagement at London’s Young Vic this past summer. The play revolves around a woman whose fierce desire to be a mother is met with painful indifference by her husband, provoking a desperate reaction. This contemporary version was written and directed by leading Australian director Stone, adapted from Federico García Lorca’s work.
Discussions are currently underway to bring Piper, who won an Evening Standard Award for her performance, and the play to New York’s Park Avenue Armory in 2018. Piper reportedly turned down a chance to bring the production to Broadway because of the time commitment to make it financially viable; the actor has two young sons.
Piper was also seen on the London stage in Great Britain at the National Theatre, where she previously starred in the world premiere of The Effect. Her other theatre credits include Neil LaBute’s Reasons to Be Pretty at the Almeida and Treats at the West End’s Garrick Theatre.
Stone’s Sydney adaptation of The Wild Duck previously transferred to London’s Barbican and inspired his debut film feature The Daughter.
It is 11am on the morning after the Evening Standard Theatre Awards at The Old Vic and Billie Piper has a crushing hangover. The 34-year-old got a standing ovation when she won the Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress for her career-making performance as Yerma, in a production at the Young Vic that reinvented Federico Garcia Lorca’s barren Spanish villager as a modern woman destroyed by her inability to have a child.
‘Oh crikey, thank you, I love this,’ Piper said from the stage. She told the play’s writer and director, Simon Stone: ‘You scared the s*** out of me and I thank you for it.’ To her mother, Mandy, her companion for the evening, she said simply: ‘I love you mum.’ After that, things got messy.
‘It was a great night, such fun, such an overwhelming experience,’ Piper croaks. ‘I just smoked an enormous amount of cigarettes and was shouting all night long. I got very, very drunk, but I didn’t realise I was drunk. I think I was pumped with adrenaline.’ During the star-studded ceremony, she sat at a relatively quiet table with the Young Vic boss, David Lan, and the polymathic director and producer Stephen ‘Billy Elliot’ Daldry — ‘people with the right level of commitment to the cause’ — and later found herself ‘at every given moment talking to someone deeply impressive. My mum kept her cool, even around Glenn Close, which was awesome’.
Billie attended the Evening Standard Theatre Awards in London on Sunday evening. She was nominated (& WON!) the ‘Best Actress’ award for ‘Yerma’! So proud of her, and she looked absolutely stunning. HQ photos below: