Killing Eve's Jodie Comer makes West End debut in sexual assault play Prima Facie

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Note: The following article contains discussion of sexual misconduct that some readers may find upsetting.

Killing Eve co-protagonist Jodie Comer has made her West End debut in a powerful play about sexual assault.

The Free Guy actress is the star of Prima Facie, a one-woman play about sexual assault written by Australian-based attorney-turned-playwright Suzie Miller.

Comer received a standing ovation from the audience at the penultimate preview on April 25 (via Deadline) for her turn as Tessa, a criminal barrister specialised in defending rapists and belittling their victims in court.

When Tessa gets sexually assaulted, her perspective shifts as she struggles to take down the same system from which she and her clients have benefited from in the past.

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Directed by Justin Martin, the play officially opened on April 27 at the Harold Pinter Theatre, with Comer being praised in first reactions.

"Jodie Comer is staggeringly good in Prima Facie. An utter superstar, such a hard hitting play that had some in tears at the end," ITV News' Arts Editor Nina Nannar wrote on Twitter.

"Wow Wow Wow Jodie Comer is outstanding in #PrimaFaciePlay She commands the stage for 100 minutes. Amazing," BBC Arts Correspondent Rebecca Jones tweeted.

The play is currently sold out via the official website, but those in London or visiting can try their luck entering the lottery for Pay What You Can tickets, released at 10am every Wednesday for every performance the following week.

Those unable to make it for its current run might be able to catch the play in cinemas from July 21.

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Comer has recently appeared in the fourth and final season of BBC drama Killing Eve, opposite Sandra Oh and Fiona Shaw.

The thriller series aired its divisive season finale on April 10, marking the end of Comer's stint as psychopathic killer Villanelle... for now.

Killing Eve season 4 airs BBC America in the US and on BBC iPlayer in the UK.

If you've been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information from Rape Crisis England and Wales, who work towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct, on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland’s helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.

Readers in the US are encouraged to contactRAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.

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