The Revenger's Tragedy - at the Old Red Lion

“A world obsessed with wealth and fame. Riots on the streets. A morally bankrupt government. Does nothing ever change?

“...A blackly comic and brutally vivid retelling of the classic revenge drama. Join us for an orgy of power struggles, popularity contests and bunga bunga parties...

“The Revenger's Tragedy is a ferociously dark play by Thomas Middleton, set in an avaricious world that seethes with vice and retribution. Set in the 1980s, the play examines a broken society, corrupted from the top-down, where sex, money and fame is what drives people to action in a time of economic inequality, famine and industrial disasters.” – from the Old Red Lion website

“This fast-paced, blackly funny production ... is Jacobean tragedy via 'EastEnders' – and it works. Thomas Middleton's lurid, camp tale of a man's elaborate revenge on the duke who murdered his betrothed is far more knowing than earlier, more earnest examples of its genre. Director Nicholas Thompson takes Middleton's gleefully overblown script and produces a show as vivid as a streak of stage blood. The actors wink at (and occasionally flirt with) the audience, and it's in keeping with a play that revels in self-parody.” – from the Time Out review.

“The six-strong cast perform multiple characters throughout. Nicholas Kime is particularly versatile, as a stepson, a bastard son and best of all as the aerobics fanatic virgin sister Castiza. Mark Field plays a hilariously styled camp killer amongst others, and Jack Morris further acquits himself as a hideous, strutting villain with a suitably over the top performance. The story borders on the absurd, but there is plenty to laugh at in this highly enjoyable performance.” – from the Islington Gazette review.

The website warns: The play is a black comedy and contains scenes of a sexual and violent nature.

Tickets are available from the Angeltix website, or from the box office in person. As seating is unallocated, please buy your own tickets. It's worth being aware too: this is a very small theatre, and tickets will likely sell out quickly – if you want to come you'll need to purchase earlier rather than later.

I would be grateful if all members would contribute £1 on arrival on the evening (to help defray the approx. £100 per annum that Meetup charges to run a group) – thanks very much in advance.

Anyone who comes is invited to stay on for dinner after the performance, at the Banana Tree Canteen, just a few doors south of the theatre on St John Street. Please let me know when you RSVP whether you will join us for dinner as well - if so I'll add you to the booking.

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  • Jane

    An excellent production, and a first-rate cast - it's hard to pick out any one actor in particular. The script being so classically tragic it would have been a grim production if it hadn't been well leavened with comic 1980s touches (cross-dressing, Alison Moyet). Lots of fun.

    October 1, 2012

  • Gabriela

    A real surprise, the performances were excellent. Initially, had to get used to the OTT acting and the language but really enjoyed it.

    September 29, 2012

  • Alice

    I'm going to the matinee at 3pm on Saturday 29. There still seems to be tickets available.

    September 25, 2012

  • maria

    I didn't get a ticket either. I'll try as well, and get one on the evening then.

    September 25, 2012

  • Gabriela

    Hi Anita, great. I just bought a ticket for Fri 28 September. Hope to see you there!

    August 29, 2012

  • Anita

    Hi Gabriela, I'm interested in seeing this

    August 29, 2012

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