Critically Acclaimed Trans Play Rotterdam to Move to West End

Donnacadh O’Briain’s critically acclaimed production of the trans play Rotterdam by Jon Brittain will return to London. The show will move to the Arts Theatre beginning 21st June and will run through until 15th July.

Rotterdam is about Alice who wants to come out as a lesbian to her family. Meanwhile, her girlfriend Fiona wants to start living as a man named Adrian. Once Adrian starts his transition, Alice starts questioning her own sexuality.

Ed Eales-White, Anna Martine-Freeman, and Alice McCarthy reprise their roles in the upcoming Rotterdam production at the Arts Theatre. Photo courtesy of The Evening Standard.

The inspiration behind Rotterdam

Rotterdam writer Jon Brittain found the inspiration to create the play when a couple of his friends came out as trans. He then realised that there are no transgender stories in pop culture and decided to address this through the theatre.

While writing the show, Brittain did a lot of research by consulting with trans people and their partners, holding a reading for members of the trans community, and discussing Rotterdam with various organisations.

The show had a successful run at Trafalgar Studios and at 59E59 Theater’s Brits Off Broadway in New York. It also recently won the 2017 Olivier Awards with Mastercard for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre, which they dedicated to the charity Gendered Intelligence.

Brittain is also the co-creator of Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho and the writer of What Would Spock Do? and A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad).

Meet the Cast of the trans play Rotterdam

Alice McCarthy stars as Alice in the upcoming production. Her other theatre credits include Boris: World KingBlue Stockings, and The Innocent Mistress. She also appeared in the film Redemption and on BBC’s Doctors.

Anna Martine Freeman, who will play as Fiona/Adrian, trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Before Rotterdam, she starred as Morris on The Nether, Helen of Troy on The Helen Project, and Helen on Sun.

Meanwhile, Ed Eales-White, who will star as Josh, recently appeared as Young Karl in the critically acclaimed drama series National Treasure on Channel 4. He’s also one-half of the successful double act Bucket, which won The Guardian’s Best Sketch Act – Edinburgh Fringe 2015.

Finally, Ellie Morris returns as Lelani. She is also an understudy on Criterion Theatre’s The Comedy About a Bank Robbery and performed on Peter Pan Goes Wrong.