For those eager to sit in the courtroom of Suzie Miller's Olivier-winning Prima Facie, good news: the play is extending its run at the John Golden Theatre by two weeks to July 2. Starring Emmy and 2023 Olivier winner Jodie Comer (Killing Eve), it opened April 23 to critical acclaim. Read the reviews here.
In addition to the extension announcement, the show has announced it will offer rush tickets at $45 a seat beginning May 2. The tickets will be sold in person only at the box office, and are offered in addition to the show's online $10 ticket digital lottery.
The play follows British defense lawyer Tessa, played by Jodie Comer (Killing Eve), who works her way from a working-class background to a rising star in the legal field. Often assigned to defend men accused of sexual assault, she dedicates her career to a system she believes in. But her whole world is thrown into question after she ends up in the witness stand. Dani Arlington serves as understudy.
Prima Facie began years ago in the back of playwright Suzie Miller’s mind when she was a law student and then a defense lawyer. “You're taught to think in a certain way. But when you actually take a step to the side, you think, ‘Actually, the system's not working that well.’” Miller seeks to “call out the legal system” and highlight one of the issues which continues post the #MeToo movement. “It’s one thing to have #MeToo. But then if you bring people to a legal system that's not caught up with the rest of the community, you're letting them down for even speaking up." Learn more about what Miller, Comer, and the creative team had to say on opening night about the show and the conversations they hope it starts.
Go inside Prima Facie's opening night with the gallery below.
Justin Martin (The Jungle) directs the production which features an original score by Rebecca Lucy Taylor (aka Self Esteem), two-time Tony nominee scenic and costume design by Miriam Buether, lighting design by Drama Desk nominee Natasha Chivers, sound design by Drama Desk winners Ben and Max Ringham, and video by William Williams for Treatment Studio. The Broadway run will be general managed by 101 Productions Ltd.
Prima Facie met success in London where Comer won the 2023 Olivier for Best Actress and the production earned the 2023 Olivier for Best New Play. The show earned further Olivier nominations for Best Sound Design, Best Lighting Design, and Best Director. The awards followed Comer's win of the Evening Standard Award for Best Actress, the WhatsOnStage Award for Best Performer in a Play, the West End Debut Award from The Stage, and the BroadwayWorld UK/West End Award for Best Newcomer. The WhatsOnStage Award for Best New Play was awarded to Miller and Martin won a BroadwayWorld UK/West End Award for Best Direction of a New Production of a Play.
Partnering with organizations to further change, the Broadway production will work with U.K.-based charity The Schools Consent Project, which seeks to educate young people on issues surrounding consent and sexual assault. It is also launching the Prima Facie Pro Bono Project, offering low-priced ticket lottery and rush tickets at every performance, while also providing free ticket access to specific partner and community organizations.
The show does include a trigger warning for including sensitive subject matters with references to sex, violence, and sexual assault.
Prima Facie is produced by Empire Street Productions, Elizabeth Armstrong, Barbara Broccoli, Caiola Productions, Kristin Caskey, Echo Lake Entertainment, Eilene Davidson Productions, Eleanor Lloyd Productions, Faliro House, FilmNation Entertainment, Dale Franzen, L.T.D. Productions Inc., Holly Anderson Levow, Stephanie P. McClelland, Olympus Theatricals, Rachel Sussman and The Shubert Organization.
Take a look at the Broadway production below.