brimstone and treacle

writer: DENNIS POTTER / director: MATTHEW PARKER
2 - 20 May 2017
7.45pm
£15/£12
Tues to Sat. No shows Sun & Mon

The Hope Theatre presents the 40th Anniversary Revival of Dennis Potter’s controversial masterpiece

“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 it’s release due to its shocking and disturbing content; it had it’s first production in 1977 at the Sheffield Crucible. 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 Awards) is proud to present the 40th anniversary production of this claustrophobic and divisive play to life with pitch-black humour and a whiff of sulphur.

Directed by The Hope Theatre’s Off West End Award winning Artistic Director Matthew Parker  the cast features Olivia Beardsley (The Babadook), Stephanie Beattie, (Break A Leg Critics Choice Best Actress for Steel Magnolias), Fergus Leathem (Game of Thrones) and Paul Clayton (Peep Show, Him & Her).

It follows Matthew’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), Steel Magnolias (Winner of 2 Break A Leg Critics Choice Awards inc Best Off West End Production) and Her Aching Heart (Best Play, Spy In The Stalls Awards and 3 Off West End Award nominations)

Praise for Matthew Parker’s previous in-house productions at The Hope:

★★★★★ “A stroke of genius” London Pub Theatres on Her Aching Heart
★★★★★ “Exceptional theatre” IThankyou Theatre on Her Aching Heart
★★★★★ “Uniquely brilliant” Views From The Gods on Steel Magnolias
★★★★★ “Hilarious and emotional” Stage Review on Steel Magnolias
★★★★★ “A must see” Thrifty Theatre on Sea Life
★★★★★ “Utterly fantastic” London Theatre1 on Sea Life

THE SHOW CONTAINS FLASHING LIGHTS SCENES OF A DISTURBING AND VIOLENT NATURE. 

Box Office opens at 7.00pm for cash sales and collection of pre-booked tickets. The performance lasts 90 minutes (approx) without interval. No re-admittance once the performance has commenced.

LATECOMERS CANNOT BE ADMITTED UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. PLEASE ARRIVE IN GOOD TIME FOR THE START TIME OF 7.45PM.

Over 18s only. Due to pub licensing laws no one under the age of 18 is permitted into the building after 7pm.

Refunds are not available. In extreme circumstances tickets purchased may be exchanged for another performance if adequate written notice is provided. 

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booking:
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