It lifted the lid on a world of celebrity and privilege – thrilling the Internet.
Now the bizarre trial which saw Gwyneth Paltrow sued for skiing accident has been turned into a new stage show after its writers acknowledged last March that the run was “solid gold for theatre”.
Linus Karp – one half of the award-winning duo Awkward Productions – was tasked with portraying Paltrow and told Sky News the idea came about after he was “taken by the trial and the ridiculousness of it.”
“An Oscar-winning actress, the founding queen of Goop, sat in a courtroom in Utah where this man, who is pretty far from a Hollywood celebrity, accuses her of these things… the stupidity of it in a courtroom where everything is taken so seriously.
“The ridiculousness of it just made it so captivating.”
Joseph Martin plays retired ophthalmologist Terry Sanderson, who failed in his attempt to sue the actress for $300,000 after claiming he was left with life-changing injuries when the pair collided on the slopes in 2016.
“It’s solid gold for theatre,” adds Martin.
“Regardless of what happened, we make fun of the media circus around it and the fun that came out of it.”
Wrapping up popular culture moments—recognizing that there is value when something goes viral—has given rise to the phenomena of quick turnarounds in theater productions.
This was only recently seen in the stage version of ‘Wagatha Christie’ trial.
“In a world of 24-hour rolling news, social media and TV cameras that are in courtrooms like that, every moment is an instant meme,” Martin insists.
“It clicks instantly online, which gives you so much theatrical material to dive into.”
Gwyneth Goes Skiing runs at the Pleasance London until February 2024.