Former Doctor Who star Billie Piper

Billie Piper Has an Effect

Former Doctor Who companion, Billie Piper is set to make her National Theatre debut in November.

The actress, best-known for playing Rose Tyler, will star in The Effect – written by Secret Diary of a Call Girl creator, Lucy Prebble – alongside Jonjo O’Neill (who’s currently playing Richard III). Her other co-stars include Anastasia Hille (last seen in Bert & Dickie) and Tom Goodman-Hill, who’s starred in a whole plethora of shows from Spy to Moses Jones, but Who fans will know him best as Rev. Golightly in 2008’s The Unicorn and the Wasp.

Directed by Rupert Goold, The Effect explores sanity and the limits of medicine, telling the tale of two pharmaceutical trial volunteers. Goold told The Daily Mail:

“It’s got a hint of Romeo and Juliet, in that there are star-crossed lovers, played by Billie and Jonjo, and it’s about how and why people fall in love.”

The Effect begins on 6th November, with tickets on sale from 24th September.


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