“Gwyneth Goes Skiing” — which is based on the infamous court case between Gwyneth Paltrow and Terry Sanderson earlier this year — will debut in December. It has already touched our hearts.
Gwyneth Paltrow’s infamous legal battle Getting the musical treatment from a renegade skiing optometrist. What a wonderful Christmas treat!
“Gwyneth Goes Skiing” is set to debut in London this December from self-described “harbingers of weird anarchy” Awkward Productions.
Linus Karp will play Paltrow, while Terry Sanderson, the optometrist who bumped into her on a Utah ski slope in 2016, will be played by Joseph Martin. The show also features original music by singer and songwriter Leland (RuPaul’s Drag Race).
You may know Karp from her role as Princess Diana in Awkward Productions’ staging of “Diana: The Untold and Untrue Story” – which was described by the website Broadway Baby as “the most untouched piece of theater in existence.” .
The logline for “Gwyneth Goes Skiing” – which is based on the court case between Paltrow and Sanderson earlier this year – reads:
“He’s a gap-founding, door-sliding, Shakespeare-in-loving, intentionally-uncoupling Hollywood superstar. He is a retired optometrist from Utah. In 2016, he went skiing. On the slopes of Deer Valley, their worlds collided, and so it did – literally. Ouch. Seven years later, in 2023, he went to court. Double ouch. This is his story. Kind of. Not necessary. But at the same time, it’s at Christmas.”
In swift action, Sanderson, 76, took the Oscar-winning actress and wellness guru to court after the collision, claiming she suffered a concussion, four broken ribs and a brain injury. He had originally sought $3.1 million in compensation. Paltrow’s lawyers called it “complete BS” and countersued (for $1 plus attorney’s fees), claiming that Sanderson had actually hit her.
The televised two-week trial became a viral hit and a jury Paltrow was ultimately found innocent, An example of meme-ready, social media frenzy occurred when Paltrow whispered “I wish you well” to Sanderson after she won.
The show, to be held at London’s Pleasance Theatre, will have the audience participating as a jury. As the production company describes: “A tale of love, betrayal, skiing and (somehow) Christmas – where you are the jury!”
Seems strange. Sign us up.
“Gwyneth Goes Skiing” debuts at the Plaisance London Main House Cabaret in London (13–23 December). Tickets are on sale now.
We wish it well.