Actress Billie Piper revealed that her husband Laurence Fox’s performance in new West End play Our Boys moved her to tears.
Fox, 34, is starring in the production at the Duchess Theatre which follows young soldiers recovering after being injured in action.
“I thought Laurence did amazingly well,” said Piper after the official opening night. “I was particularly thrilled with his ending speech because it really wrapped up his character — I was moved to tears.
“It was a perfect mix of wonderful comedy and low-key humour, but with this really heavy undertone that’s unpredictable.”
The play also stars Arthur Darvill, 30 — Rory Williams, companion to Matt Smith as Doctor Who — and Matthew Lewis, 23, who played Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films. The three male leads are so popular that since the play opened last week they have been regularly mobbed by women as they leave the theatre, forcing producers to draft in a security guard.
Last night’s crowds were swelled by those who realised that current Doctor Who Matt Smith and his predecessor in the role, David Tennant, were in the audience.
Piper, 30, who has two young sons with Fox, watched as screaming female fans clamoured for her husband’s autograph. The actress, who played the Doctor’s companion, Rose, alongside Christopher Eccleston and then Tennant, laughed it all off, saying she had “been there” too.
Fox, who plays Joe in Our Boys, joked it had to be “a set-up”, but added: “It’s nice to have a positive response to the play. We hope we have done our job well.” The play’s author, Jonathan Lewis, said: “There was a standing ovation. I feel a whole range of emotions — relief, excitement and pride. The boys did themselves justice.”
Fan Quincy Pham, 21, a piano student from Hammersmith, “in love” with Lewis since the first Harry Potter film, said: “I thought he was the most adorable thing ever.”
Psychology student Carol Haver, 20, from Bloomsbury, did not see the show, but “ran” to the theatre after finding out on Facebook that Smith and Tennant were going to be in the audience.
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