Off-West End Award-winning Artistic Director Matthew Parker will direct the 40th anniversary revival of Dennis Potter’s controversial masterpiece Brimstone and Treacle. The new production – for which tickets go on sale today – runs at London’s Hope Theatre from 2 to 20 May 2017, with a press night on 4 May.
“All I want is the England I used to know. The England I remember.
I simply want the world to stop just where it is – and go back a bit. ” Intense and macabre, prophetic and darkly funny, Dennis Potter’s infamous play Brimstone and Treacle exposes the horror lurking in Middle England minds. Behind floral curtains, Mr and Mrs Bates care for their daughter, left injured and insensible following a car crash. A young visitor with a silver tongue crashes into their lives, but is he their saviour, a thief or the Devil himself?
Brimstone and Treacle was originally written as a BBC Play for Today in 1976, but was initially banned on release due to its shocking and disturbing content.
Today the work’s depiction of an England as a powder keg of prejudice and fear is more relevant than ever. Following a critically acclaimed and award-winning 2016 season of in-house productions The Hope Theatre (Fringe Theatre of the Year nominee, The Stage) brings this claustrophobic and divisive play to life with pitch-black humour and a whiff of sulphur.
Directed by The Hope Theatre’s award winning Artistic Director Matthew Parker (Best Artistic Director, Off West End Awards 2017) and designed by Rachael Ryan, the cast features Stephanie Beattie (BreakALeg Critics’ Choice Best Actress for Steel Magnolias), Fergus Leathem (Game of Thrones) and Paul Clayton (Peep Show, Him & Her).
Brimstone and Treacle follows Parker’s hugely successful, award winning in-house productions Lovesong of the Electric Bear (winner of 2 Off West End Awards; transferred to West End 2015), Sea Life (4 Off West End Award nominations), Her Aching Heart (Best Play, Spy In The Stalls Awards and 3 Off West End Award nominations) and Steel Magnolias (Winner of 2 Break A Leg Critics Choice Awards inc Best Production).