‘Gwyneth Goes Skiing’ To Open At London’s Pleasance Theatre In December



The highly publicized civil trial of Gwyneth Paltrow, who was accused of causing a traumatic skiing accident in Deer Valley and later cleared, has been turned into a musical that will have a 10-day run at London’s Pleasance Theatre this December.

Key Facts

The Iron Man actress and founder of lifestyle brand Goop will have her legal drama playout on stage with the Gwyneth Goes Skiing musical, which will open Dec. 13.

Original music for the play was written by American singer Leleand, the resident songwriter for Ru Paul’s Drag Race and co-writer of Kardashian: The Musical, a Hamilton-inspired musical episode of Drag Race that aired in 2017.

A male actor named Linus Karp, who also performed in a campy one-man show called Diana: The Untold and Untrue Story, will star as Paltrow in the performance and Joseph Martin will play optometrist Terry Sanderson.

The poster for Gwyneth Goes Skiing features a beaten-up Martin standing behind a prim-and-proper Karp, who is dressed in pink skiing garb and holding a candle with the name “This Smells Like a Lawsuit,” a spoof on a candle sold by Paltrow’s company Goop with a label that reads “This Smells Like My Vagina.”

Tickets for the show are on sale starting at $19 (£15.00).

Representatives for Paltrow did not immediately respond to Forbes’ request for comment Wednesday.

Key Background

Retired optometrist Terry Sanderson sued Paltrow in 2019—three years after the skiing crash occurred—and accused her of negligence in a collision he said left him with brain damage, a concussion and multiple broken bones. Sanderson said Paltrow crashed into him on the slopes at Deer Valley resort and sued her for $3.1 million in damages. Paltrow then countersued for $1, accusing Sanderson of causing the crash and trying to exploit her celebrity. Paltrow said that when the crash first happened, she wondered whether someone was “doing something perverted” when she felt a body pressing into her. Paltrow then pushed him away and yelled at him before skiing down the mountain to meet with her family. Sanderson was found to be 100% at fault in the crash. The trial, where Paltrow testified in person, was live-streamed and picked apart by social media users. Several moments became widely-shared internet memes, including when Paltrow stopped on her way out of the courtroom to touch Sanderson’s shoulder and say, “I wish you well.”

Crucial Quote

“Well, we lost half a day of skiing.” Responding to a question about the “losses” she suffered from the crash, Paltrow dryly responded with a quote that then went viral. Paltrow was mocked by social media users and actress Busy Phillips captioned a photo with Jen Tullocon with the line on Instagram.

Further Reading

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