Billie appeared on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show this morning on Radio 2 to talk about her new play ‘Yerma’. Photos below & you can listen to all the clips HERE!

Billie has been spotted at the Young Vic Theatre lately, where she is currently performing in ‘Yerma’. Candids of her with fans at the stage door have been added as well as having a drink at the bar!

5th August | With fans outside the Young Vic Theatre
9th August | At Young Vic Theatre Bar in London

Billie was spotted arriving at the Young Vic Theatre in London yesterday, HQ candids below:

4th August | Arriving at Young Vic Theatre in London

Billie’s play ‘Yerma’ had their opening night in London last night! HQ photos from after party have been added! I’ll add more photos soon as well as a review round up of ‘Yerma’!

4th August | ‘Yerma’ Press Night After Party

Production images have been released of Billie Piper in Yerma at The Young Vic.

Based on Federico García Lorca’s 1934 play, Yerma is written and directed by Simon Stone – the Australian’s first original work for the UK.

Piper plays will play the titular character whose inability to have children tears her life apart.

The cast also includes Brendan Cowell, Maureen Beattie, John MacMillan, Charlotte Randle and Thalissa Teixeira.

The production will feature design by Lizzy Clachan, music and sound by Stefan Gregory, light by James Farncombe and costumes by Alice Babidge.

Yerma runs at the Young Vic from 4 August to 24 September, with previews from 28 July.


Billie Piper says her latest stage role, about a woman desperate to have a child, feels very relevant because it’s an issue being faced by many women she knows.

“It chimed quite vividly with me because so many of my friends are finding it quite hard to go through that,” Piper says. “It seems to be a very common topic at the moment.”

Piper plays the title role of Yerma in a modern retelling of Federico Garcia Lorca’s 1934 tragedy about a woman whose desperation to become a mother is met with indifference by her husband. Simon Stone’s version, which begins previews at the Young Vic this week, relocates the action from rural Spain to contemporary London. Speaking during a break in rehearsals, Piper admits she hadn’t heard of the play until she was approached about the role at the end of last year.

“I read the original, and I thought that it was one of the most beautiful pieces of poetry,” she says. “It’s that story of a modern woman who is suddenly suffocated and strangled by her ticking clock. I witness that all around me, and I read about it frequently. I thought that it seemed like a very relevant piece of work.”

Although Yerma is billed as a tragedy, Piper says that she was drawn to the humour in Stone’s script.

“I was glad when you told me in an email it was going to be a crack,” she tells Stone. “Identification with characters happens through comedy,” he responds.

“That’s how you make friends – one you’ve just met a new colleague and you go to the pub, the moment where you ensure a bond is when you start telling jokes. People at the end of their rope are usually quite entertaining,” Piper adds. “It’s hell for them, but it’s always great for the person who’s witnessing it. That’s just life.”

Piper says rehearsals for Yerma are like nothing she’s experienced. “I feel like we’re making something that is very grounded in its concept, but feels very filmic in its energy,” she says.

“It will be an unusual piece of theatre just by definition of how it will be staged,” she adds, without elaborating for fear of spoilers.

But she does reveal the play is straight-through with no interval.

“It’s going to be sharp – ‘in-out, let’s have a beer,'” she laughs. “People care about that when they go to the theatre. It’s going to be impactful, and it’s going to be short.”

She pauses and looks across at Stone. “And it’s going to be funny.”

Yerma is at the Young Vic, London, 28 July – 24 September


Billie featured on Steve Lamacq’s Show on Radio 6 and featured on the roundtable throughout the show, commenting on songs as well as her new play ‘Yerma’! Click on the photo below to listen! (only available in the UK)

With her infectiously peppy Because We Want To, Billie Piperlaunched phase one of her career back in 1998, becoming the youngest ever artist to debut at No 1 in the UK. But after two hit albums, she segued into an acting career that has eclipsed even her music success.

Adored by Doctor Who fans for playing Rose Tyler, companion to David Tennant’s Doctor, she’s also known for taking on the role of sex worker Belle de Jour in Secret Diary of a Call Girl, and as Brona Croft in Penny Dreadful. She has enjoyed regular stints on the London stage – rejoining Call Girl writer Lucy Prebble for The Effect, and starring in Richard Bean’s phone-hacking drama Great Britain. Next up is the lead role in Yerma, a Lorca tragedy updated by the iconoclastic Simon Stone.

With Yerma opening at the Young Vic on 28 July, Piper is joining us to answer your questions about it and anything else in her career, from 1pm BST on Wednesday 13 July – post them in the comments below.