Calling all theater enthusiasts! If you’re on the lookout for something a little outside the box, then look no further because Gwyneth Paltrow’s sensational ski crash lawsuit and trial is getting the musical treatment! That’s right, hold on to your knitted hats because “Gwyneth Goes Skiing” is set to make its grand debut on London’s prestigious West End this December. And yes, the musical centers on the infamous 8-day court case that captured the public’s attention earlier this year.
Renowned theater actor Linus Karp will be taking on the role of the Goop founder herself, Gwyneth Paltrow. Joining him on stage is Joseph Martin, who will be portraying 76-year-old retired optometrist Dr. Terry Sanderson. It was Sanderson who filed a lawsuit against Gwyneth in 2019, alleging that she collided with him while skiing at Deer Valley Resort in 2016, leaving him with a concussion, broken ribs, and brain damage. Gwyneth retaliated in court, claiming that she initially thought she was the victim of sexual assault during the downhill disaster, insisting that Sanderson came up from behind and caused his skis to go in between her legs.
With social media hanging on to every word of the legal battle, things took a hilariously out-of-touch turn as Gwyneth lamented losing half a day of skiing during the expensive getaway, opting instead for a massage later that day. And in a further viral account, both parties painted contrasting pictures of how the accident impacted their lives. In the end, the “Sliding Doors” star emerged victorious, being awarded what she sought in her countersuit — a symbolic $1. She then calmly walked out of the courtroom, delivering an icy whisper to Sanderson, “I wish you well.” Now, that’s one dramatic scene that’s bound to captivate audiences on stage!
Given the massive interest in the case at the time, it’s only fitting that it’s been given a fresh lease on life in the form of a musical. The synopsis reads: “She’s the Goop-founding, Door-Sliding, Shakespeare-In-Loving, consciously-uncoupling Hollywood superstar. He’s a retired Optometrist from Utah. In 2016, they went skiing. On the slopes of Deer Valley, their worlds collided, and so did they – literally. Ouch. Seven years later in 2023, they went to court. Double ouch. This is their story. Kind of. Not really. But also, it’s at Christmas.”
The show is set to run from December 13 to 23 at Pleasance London Main House Cabaret, with the production receiving a campy makeover and featuring original music from Leland — the singer behind “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and “Cher’s Christmas”. It’s safe to say that this is one ski trip you won’t want to miss out on.
So if you’re a fan of theater, musicals, or simply enjoy a good drama, “Gwyneth Goes Skiing” promises to deliver an unforgettable experience that is sure to leave audiences talking long after the curtains close. Book your tickets now and get ready to be swept away into the wild and wacky world of Gwyneth Paltrow’s ski crash lawsuit and trial. It’s a production that’s as entertaining as it is unexpected, and one that’s not to be missed!