Timothy Hutton Plays Sex Swinger in Terry Johnson Play ‘The Sex Party’ – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Oscar winner Timothy Hutton has gone to London to star in the world premiere of The sex party written and directed by Tony Award winner Terry Johnson.

Rehearsals are now underway at the Menier Chocolate Factory, located in the shadow of London Bridge on the south side of the capital, where the cheeky drama, which starts as a cheese and wine night, will begin previews on November 4 with an opening night set until 15 November.

“It’s a play about making fun of everything that’s woken up, it’s going to offend everyone,” said a delighted David Babani, artistic director of the Menier Chocolate Factory.

Babani explained that Hutton, who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Ordinary people set over four decades ago, he will play Jeff, described as a shady businessman who hooks up with Magdalena, an equally shady Russian lady, played by Amanda Donohoe (Wild Wild). “They’re on their way to a swinger sex bash in Islington, as you are,” Babani said, adopting a matter-of-fact tone.

The party is hosted by Alex and Hetty, the king and queen of North London swingers. They are played by Jason Merrells (Agatha Raisin) and Molly Osborne (Call the midwife). “What it explores,” Babani said, “is our sexual identity and our sexual assumptions.”

The show marks Hutton’s UK theater debut, although he has acted on Broadway. Hutton made a handful of guest appearances at AR Gurney’s Love letters in 1989. The following year he starred in Craig Lucas’s Prelude to a kiss.More recently, Hutton appeared in television drama The women of the movement.

Playwright Terry Johnson won an Olivier Award for his comedy Hysteria,and collected a Best Director of a Musical Tony Award for a revival of La Cage Aux Folles that originated at the Menier Chocolate Factory.

Other members of The sex party the squad is: Lisa Dwan (Top boy), John Hopkins (Poldark), Pooya Mohseni (Law and Order: The Special Victims Unit), Kelly Price (The English game) and Will Barton (Theresa vs. Boris: How May became Prime Minister). They all swing on stage until January 7, 2023.

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