Soon after he might have been crowned the new Prime Minister, Boris Johnson and his rise to power will be satirised Shakespearean style on the London stage, when Brighton Fringe hit Boris Rex comes to the Tristan Bates Theatre. Book your tickets now!
Created by Charlie Dupré, the comedy runs, as part of the Camden Fringe, from 5 to 10 August 2019.
Boris Rex tells the story of its perfidious anti-hero from his boorish days at Oxford University through to a blood-soaked general election, spinning a murky tale of ambition, back-stabbing and, ultimately, a national catastrophe. Borrowing elements from both Julius Caesar and Richard III, the play fuses original verse with newly-penned pentameters, spoken word, comedy and rap.
When Boris Rex ran at Brighton Fringe earlier this year, Broadway Baby described it as “Magnificent” in their 4-star review.
The production is written by Dupré, who also plays the role of Jacob Rees-Mogg. It follows his previous hit Macblair, which took a similar approach to presenting the career of Tony Blair. He also wrote The Stories of Shakey P, rap re-telling of Shakespeare’s plays, a co-commission by the Royal Shakespeare Company. When not satirising politicians, Dupré is a spoken word and rap artist who has supported the likes of Scroobius Pip, Ghostpoet and Kate Tempest.
Boris Rex rehearsal gallery
Boris Rex is directed by Alexandra Spencer-Jones, Artistic Director of the acclaimed Action to the Word, who created award-winning stagings of A Clockwork Orange and Dracula.
Dupré is joined in the cast by Luke Theobald, who portrays the bumbling would-be PM on stage, Henry Bauckham and Lydia Cashman.
The Tristan Bates Theatre has a packed summer of Camden Fringe shows. In addition to Boris Rex, it’s hosting love story between art and science Discord of Discourse, tale of sci-fi love and loneliness Is This The End for Captain Space?, dark romance The Geminus, refugee tale The Net and more.
Boris Rex runs at Tristan Bates Theatre, The Actors Centre, 1a Tower Street, London WC2H 9NP from 5 to 10 August 2019, with performances Monday to Saturday at 7.45pm. Tickets are priced £10. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
Full festival programme
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