Crystal Clear was an early hit – and West End transfer – for London’s Old Red Lion Theatre. Now, as the theatre celebrates its 40th anniversary, Phil Young’s devised play about blindness prepares for its first major revival and a return home. Sneak a peek behind the scenes with our rehearsal photos and video – and then get booking!
White Deer Theatre’s major new revival of Crystal Clear runs at the Old Red Lion Theatre from 23 July to 17 August 2019, with a press night on 25 July.
Richard – a young man with diabetes – is struggling. As his health deteriorates, so too do his feelings for long-term partner Jane. He looks for comfort in the calming company of Thomasina, a poised and enigmatic blind woman. After Richard loses his own sight, however, his relationships with the two women unravel: things collapse between him and Jane, and his intense but ill-fated connection with the serene Thomasina takes a tragic turn.
PJ Stanley directs Gareth Kennerley as Richard, Rakhee Sharma as Jane and Gillian Dean, a visually impaired actor, as Thomasina. Originally devised by director Phil Young, Crystal Clear premiered at the Old Red Lion in 1982 before transferring to the West End’s Wyndham’s Theatre. Young went on to direct a television adaptation which aired on BBC One in 1988.
White Deer Theatre has worked closely with access consultant Amelia Cavallo, a blind performer, workshop facilitator, access consultant and academic. All performances of Crystal Clear will be accessible for visually impaired audience members, with audio description narrated live by the cast and pre-show touch tours.
Photography by Lidia Crisafulli.
Crystal Clear runs from 23 July to 17 August 2019 at the Old Red Lion Theatre, 418 St John Street, London EC1V 4NJ, with performances Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3pm. Tickets are priced £15.50-£17.50 (previews £12.50). CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!