Joe Orton had been dead six years when Alan Bennett’s 1973 Habeas Corpus made its West End debut in a production starring Sir Alec Guinness.
‘This revival can’t help but resemble a middling 1970s sitcom’: HABEAS CORPUS – Menier Chocolate Factory
Alan Bennett’s Habeas Corpus gets a belated revival at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Stuck in the past, should it have been left in the past too?
‘For Alan Bennett fans such as myself, it is a real treat’: HABEAS CORPUS – Menier Chocolate Factory ★★★★
In 1973 when Habeas Corpus was first staged, it reflected attitudes and behaviour indicative of its time.
‘Drama is somewhat lacking’: THE SUNSET LIMITED – Boulevard Theatre ★★★
Cormac McCarthy isn’t known for cheery topics as anyone who has sat through (or read) The Road will testify and his play The Sunset Limited is no exception.
FIRST LOOK: Take a look at Murder in the Cathedral being staged… in a cathedral!
Set designers are brilliant. They create the most incredible performance spaces for actors. But the opportunity to see Murder in the Cathedral staged in an actual cathedral is just too good to resist? Take a look at Robert Hubert Smith’s fantastic images of Scena Mundi’s production in Southwark Cathedral, then book your tickets!
BEHIND THE SCENES: Take a look at the killer rehearsal images for Scena Mundi’s Murder in the Cathedral
Have you ever seen a more stunning rehearsal space than that being used for Scena Mundi’s production of Murder in the Cathedral? Take a look at the awesome images, then book your tickets!
NEWS: Murder in the Cathedral to be given stunning cathedral stagings this autumn
TS Eliot’s tale of the killing of Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral, Murder in the Cathedral, will be staged in a trio of religious buildings next month as Scena Mundi Theatre takes it on a short tour. Book your tickets now.
‘The attraction of it, is that it is a popular piece of theatre’: In the dock is Jasper Britton from Witness For The Prosecution
Witness For The Prosecution, Agatha Christie’s murder thriller is playing very successfully at London’s ingeniously converted County Hall venue. RSC leading man Jasper Britton heads the latest cast change and as he took over the role of defence barrister Sir Wilfrid Robarts he and I chatted about the play and his career…
‘The grandest ‘immersive’ theatrical experience in London’: WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION – County Hall ★★★★
It was a stroke of marketing genius on the part of director Lucy Bailey and her producers to decide to stage one of Agatha Christie’s best-loved court room dramas in something approaching a court room. Setting Witness for the Prosecution within London’s abandoned County Hall becomes as much the grandest ‘immersive’ theatrical experience in London as much as a revival of an old stage thriller.
‘The draw is Christie’s deft writing’: WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION – County Hall ★★★★
Everyone loves an Agatha Christie tale. Unlike the films and programmes involving Ms Marple or Poirot that are often repeated on television, Witness For The Prosecution (which is directed by Lucy Bailey) doesn’t have a familiar marquee protagonist at the centre of its narrative.
’A thrilling night at the theatre’: WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION – County Hall ★★★★
Witness For The Prosecution is a glorious fusion of classic storytelling, first class production values and top-notch acting.
‘Competent enough, but not particularly invigorating’: PACK OF LIES – Menier Chocolate Factory
The Cold War surveillance drama Pack of Lies is interesting enough, but its old-fashioned qualities are not an unmixed blessing.
‘Rarely is the emotional violence as beautifully evoked as here’: PACK OF LIES – Menier Chocolate Factory ★★★★★
Hugh Whitemore’s 1983 play Pack of Lies, immaculately set in every humble postwar detail, reconstructs a real case: the plight of a hapless suburban couple who found their daughter’s bedroom requisitioned for surveillance of the opposite neighbours.
NEWS: Alasdair Harvey & Tracy-Ann Oberman will join cast of Pack of Lies at the Menier Chocolate Factory
Full casting has been announced for the Menier Chocolate Factory’s major revival of Hugh Whitemore’s Pack of Lies. Hannah Chissick directs Jasper Britton as (Stewart), Sia Dauda (Sally), Alasdair Harvey (Peter Kroger), Chris Larkin (Bob Jackson), Macy Nyman (Julie Jackson), Tracy-Ann Oberman (Helen Kroger), Natalie Walter (Thelma) and Finty Williams (Barbara Jackson).
INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Jasper Britton as he returns to the NYMT for The Beautiful Game
Jasper Britton spoke to LLLC’s Emma Clarendon about the National Youth Music Theatre’s upcoming production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Beautiful Game at The Other Palace.
NEWS: Jasper Britton & Finty Williams star in Hugh Whitemore’s Pack of Lies at Menier
Jasper Britton and Finty Williams have been confirmed to star in Hugh Whitemore’s Pack of Lies, at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory. The production, directed by Hannah Chissick, runs from 20 September to 17 November 2018.
‘Extraordinarily powerful performance by Jasper Britton’: JERUSALEM – Watermill Theatre, Newbury ★★★★★
At the end of its epic London run with the peerless Mark Rylance creating the part, I went back to decide whether – without him at its core – Jez Butterworth’s play Jerusalem would really last.
NEWS: Jasper Britton to play lead role in Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem at the Watermill Theatre
Jasper Britton will play the irrepressible Johnny ‘Rooster’ Byron in the first major revival of Jez Butterworth’s multi award-winning, West End and Broadway hit Jerusalem which plays at the Watermill Theatre from 21 June to 21 July 2018 (press night is 25 June). Britton (RSC, National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe) will be joined by Adam Burton (Luke Parsons/Troy Whitworth), Peter Caulfield (Ginger), Richard Evans (The Professor), Robert Fitch (Wesley), Rebecca Lee (Tanya), Nenda Neurer (Pea/Phaedra), Santino Smith (Davey), Sam …
SCROOGE THE MUSICAL – Leicester ★★★★
It all makes for classic festive fayre with Leslie Bricusse’s original work, last seen some 15 years ago, being subtly re-engineered for this revival. Jasper Britton heads the cast in the title role, convincing us throughout of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge.
THE BLINDING LIGHT – Jermyn Street Theatre ★★★★
Howard Brenton gives us a barn-storming role for the actor playing Strindberg – in this case, Jasper Britton – and the women who appear in his life.
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