Jodie Comer's Prima Facie has set an impressive new record

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Photo credit: Stuart C. Wilson - Getty Images
Photo credit: Stuart C. Wilson - Getty Images

Jodie Comer's West End play has broken a big record thanks to its cinema broadcast release.

Prima Facie sees the Killing Eve star play a barrister who specialises in defending rapists, though has her perspective changed when she is raped.

The show, which played at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London earlier this year, has recently been streaming in cinemas thanks to the National Theatre Live series.

Photo credit: Empire Street Productions
Photo credit: Empire Street Productions

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It has now been revealed that the show has become the highest-grossing event cinema release ever, taking in an impressive £4.47 million, beating the previous record held by the National Theatre Live production of Fleabag (via Comscore).

Following the successful run of the one-woman show, which is written by Suzie Miller and features music by Rebecca Lucy Taylor (aka Self Esteem), Prima Facie is set to move to Broadway in the US.

"It has been an absolute privilege to tell Tessa's story here in London over the past few weeks and to now have the opportunity to take Prima Facie to Broadway is a dream come true," Comer said of the move.

Photo credit: Stuart C. Wilson - Getty Images
Photo credit: Stuart C. Wilson - Getty Images

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She added on social media: "I am so honoured to play a part in the telling of this story and beyond thrilled that next week isn’t the end. It means so much to see and hear so many of your positive responses.

"Thank you to all of you who have supported the show and a special shout out to those who have travelled thousands of miles, now it's our turn. I love you Tess, we're going to BROADWAY!"

Prima Facie partnered with the Schools Consent Project, which teaches sexual consent workshops for 11-18 year olds across 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 contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.

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