Andy Serkis made his stage directorial debut at the Southwark Playhouse, London with The Double Bass by Patrick Sϋskind (author of the acclaimed novel Perfume.) The play is a psychological journey into the fracturing mind of a classical double bass player on the verge of complete breakdown -- lonely, trapped and feeling crushingly undervalued, he drinks himself into a frenzy, unleashing his fury at the instrument that has dominated his entire existence. The demons lurking beneath his intellect burst forth with a frightening yet hilarious vehemence, pushing him toward taking drastic measures.
The Double Bass opened on 29th September 2003 for a limited 2 week run. Andy attended informal after show discussions on 6th, 7th, and 9th of October.
The Double Bass completed its successful run at Southwark Playhouse on October 11 2003.