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Trafalgar Studios 2, London4.832 reviews
Michael Dennis's debut play Dark Sublime starring Star Trek actress Marina Sirtis heads to the West End's Trafalgar Studios 2

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Experienced stage manager Michael Dennis crosses over into a new creative role as a playwright with the debut of his new play, Dark Sublime, starring Star Trek: The Next Generation actress Marina Sirtis, who was announced last December to be taking on the lead role. The all-new play is set to make its world premiere on 25 June at the West End's Trafalgar Studios 2 for a strictly limited run lasting until the beginning of August. Don't miss your chance to blast off into escapism with this sure-fire summer hit!

What is Michael Dennis' Dark Sublime play about?

Oli is a die-hard fan of a sci-fi show from yesteryear. When he shows up at the front doorstep of the show's long-forgotten actress, Marianne, asking for an autograph, Marianne wishes nothing but the chance to be remembered for more than just her cult television role. As they explore each other's worlds, they find out that they're not exactly worlds apart after all.

Dark Sublime West End cast and creatives

Star Trek superstar and sci-fi icon Marina Sirtis steps into the role of Marianne, marking her West End stage debut in Dark Sublime, an ode to sci-fi fanatics written by Michael Dennis! Sirtis will be joined by Doctor Who writer Mark Gatiss, who was confirmed to be lending his voice for the role of a hysterical talking shipboard computer named Kosley in an announcement made earlier this year.

The Dark Sublime Trafalgar Studios cast also stars Kwaku Mills (The End of Eddy) as Oli, Jaqueline King (Doctor Who) as Kate, Simon Thorp (Royal Shakespeare Company) as Bob/Vykar, and Sophie Ward (Jane Eyre, Young Sherlock Holmes) as Suzanne.

Michael Dennis' Dark Sublime is directed by the award-winning Andrew Keates (Dessa Rose, As Is) and features music by composer Matthew Strachan, design by Tim Mcquillen-Wright, and lighting design by Neill Brinkworth. The show is produced by Jamie Chapman Dixon and Piers Cottee-Jones of Rigmarole Productions in association with Arion Productions - J W Carter Productions and M Green Productions

He may be a relatively new playwright, but Michael Dennis is certainly no newcomer to London theatre. As a stage manager, he has worked on Future Conditional (The Old Vic), Sex and Strangers (Hampstead Theatre), The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide To Capitalism And Socialism (Hampstead Theatre), The Recruiting Officer and Anna Christie (Donmar), The James Plays (National Theatre of Scotland, NT, Edinburgh International Festival), and Oppenheimer (RSC).

Cheap West End theatre tickets for Dark Sublime, a love letter to sci-fans 

Dark Sublime was originally in talks for a run at London's Bush Theatre, a venue known for up-and-coming artists and playwrights whose works often end up transferring to the West End. Michael Dennis has managed to bypass this formality by taking his superb play, Dark Sublime, straight to the West End stage! London's Trafalgar Studios is about to get out of this world this summer. Don't miss out on this highly-anticipated play by Michael Dennis! 

Book your Dark Sublime tickets London now to secure the best seats when you try our interactive seating plan and get ready to immerse yourself in a world full of transmat beams, quarries, and heartbreak.

Additional Information

Running time

2 hours 30 minutes (including interval)

Performance dates

25 June - 3 August 2019

Special notes

The performance on 8 July will also feature a Supporters Gala with the creative team and cast.


There will be a sign-interpreted performance on Wednesday, 17 July 2019 at 7.45pm and on Tuesday, 30 July 2019 at 7.45pm. There will be a relaxed performance on Tuesday, 2 July 2019 at 7.45pm.

Venue Information

Trafalgar Studios 214 Whitehall, London SW1A 2DY, United Kingdom, London, SW1A 2DY

Customer Reviews

32 reviews4.8

graham williams4th August

wow being so close to stage you get close up to stars of play feel part of it.

Mr Robin Wilson4th August

Very enjoyable play. Good production. Nice welcome from staff.

Lewis4th August

Funny and different. Clearly a lot of work went into the details which I really appreciated.

Mrs J A Selby2nd August

Excellent, imaginative play with fantastic performances from all involved. Fringe at its best.

Marc Lefebvre2nd August

excellent play and actors

Donna Prime-Shingler1st August

Brilliant show, amazing venue, and all the cast were superb - wonderfully well acted and in such an intimate setting, the cast did an amazing job.

Christine Ragan1st August

Meta-scifi meets real life

Nia Roberts31st July

What a great evening! Marina Sirtis was enchanting and sweetly funny, with a depth of sadness to her performance that underpinned the delicious humour. Jacqueline King and Sophie Ward were great, Kwaku Mills' Oli had a hidden strength which belied his surface naivety and Simon Thorp played homage to the best British sci-fi heroes with aplomb. The play was a joyful celebration of the glory days of British science fiction (fantastic set and lightning design; wonderful Scottish take on Orac by the voice of Mark Gatiss) but also a melancholy meditation on the road not taken and a paean to the value of love, whatever form it takes.

C Trafford28th July

Great acting. Cozy theatre.

Maurizio Borgatti28th July

An ensemble of talented actors deliver an engrossing, engaging and entertaining show.

Anon 27th July

Marina Sirtis was great

Charlotte Hunter26th July

Excellent show, very intimate setting. Very funny show, fabulously well acted, such a clever storyline and well cast too. Enjoyed it so much I would go again