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Dealer's Choice

By Patrick Marber

Venue Gaiety Theatre
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Directed by Patrick Marber
Design by Bunny Christie
Lighting Design by Mick Hughes

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Every Sunday night Stephen unfolds the green baise for a game of poker; tonight the stages are high but winning has its price. Six men stay up late and bust each other up in this new hilarious comedy.

"Poker seemed such a simple and obvious metaphor for male relationships - six guys sitting around a table trying to take each other's money. I'm not claiming that the metaphor's original in any way but I dont think poker has really been treated accurately in dramatic or narrative form. Damon Runyon and Dashiell Hqammett were keen poker players, but their games were more to do with background stories and atmosphere that the one in my play. Having said that, its not really about poker as such, its about these six characters and their power relationships"  - Patrick Marber

Dealer's Choice was originally developed at the Royal National Theatre Studio. The production opened in February 1995 at the National's Cotteslose Theatre, and subsequently transferred to the West End,winning the Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy and the Writer's Guild Award for Best West End Play, as well as a nomination for Best Play in the Laurence Olivier Awards

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