Rabbit Hole

By David Lindsay-Abaire

Rabbit Hole

Winner: Pulitzer Prize for Drama, 2007

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ISBN: 9781848425569
Format: 198mm x 129mm
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Published: 28th January 2016
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Category: Modern drama (post-1945)

Series: NHB Modern Plays

First Staged: Broadway, 2006; Hampstead Theatre, London, 2016

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Becca and Howie Corbett are a happy suburban couple whose lives are changed forever when their young son Danny is killed in an accident.

Eight months on, they are drifting perilously apart. Becca wants to start afresh in a new home and give away their son’s possessions, but Howie wants to keep the memory of Danny alive. Can they ever find their way back to each other?

David Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, filled with distinctive wit and grace, charts the path from grief to its antidotes – love and hope. It was made into a film starring Nicole Kidman in 2010, and the play had its UK premiere at Hampstead Theatre, London, in January 2016.

'Taut, unsentimental… a modern tragedy'

- WhatsOnStage

'[A] scorching drama… emotionally shattering'

- The Stage

'A beautifully observed new play blessed with David Lindsay-Abaire's customary grace and wit'

- New York Times

‘A transcendent and deeply affecting new play, which shifts perfectly from hilarity to grief’

- Entertainment Weekly

‘An intensely emotional examination of grief, laced with wit, insightfulness, compassion and searing honesty’

- Variety

David Lindsay-Abaire is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, lyricist and librettist. His play Rabbit Hole received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, five Tony nominations, and the Spirit of America Award. The play has been produced hundreds of times around the world, and was adapted into a film, directed by John Cameron Mitchell, and starring Nicole Kidman, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance.

His following play, Good People, premiered on Broadway, and was awarded the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, the Horton Foote Prize, the Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, and two Tony nominations. The play went on to have a highly-acclaimed production at London’s Hampstead Theatre, directed by Jonathan Kent and starring Imelda Staunton, which later transferred to the West End.

David also wrote the book and lyrics for Shrek the Musical, which was nominated for eight Tonys, four Oliviers, a Grammy, and earned David the Ed Kleban Award as America’s most promising musical-theatre lyricist. David’s other plays include Ripcord, Fuddy Meers, Kimberly Akimbo, Wonder of the World and A Devil Inside, among others. In addition to his work in theatre, David’s screen credits include his film adaptation of Rabbit Hole, Dreamworks’ Rise of the Guardians, and Family Fang, starring Nicole Kidman, Christopher Walken and Jason Bateman.

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