The Last Days of Judas Iscariot
by Stephen Adly Guirgis , 27 September-1 October 2011 (Bridewell Theatre);
13 October (Royal Courts of Justice)


Judas Iscariot feels alone. Vilified by all Christians for the last 2000 years for his betrayal of Jesus Christ to the Romans for 30 pieces of silver. For that act and his subsequent suicide he has allegedly been condemned to the ninth circle of hell. It is a story with which we are all familiar. Perhaps the time has come for a reprieve? Many others had their sins washed away by Jesus, many other were given the opportunity to start again. And are there not other figures that should share the blame? Where better to try the case of Judas Iscariot vs God and the kingdom of Heaven and earth than in a courtroom poised between heaven and hell: as the attorney for Judas’ defence states: “This is Purgatory...I got all day.”

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot is not a play about one man’s guilt and another’s forgiveness; rather that through such a contemporary dramatic exploration of an ancient debate about celebrated figures, we as an audience are able to re-examine our own betrayals, our own personal lapses of belief, and who we need to look to for forgiveness.

Reviewing the London Headlong production in 2008, Michael Billington of the Guardian said; “It is a glorious intoxicating brew that, in its fantasy and daring, reminds me of Tony Kushner’s equally high flying Angels in America.

The Telegraph commented “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot makes most contemporary plays seems safe, timid and dull, and reminds us of what is missing not only from 99 per cent of our dramas but from 99 per cent of our lives - a sense of spirituality and of mystery.”


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Reviews

"Billed as an amateur production, the Sedos cast are anything but. The clever staging and superb costumes only amplify the wonderful work being put in by the actors... There are just so many factors that recommend this production: exceptional writing, the many outstanding performances, and intelligent staging that creates an intimate space and makes the audience part of the proceedings... This is one you will be loath to miss."
Deborah Klayman, The Public Reviews


Cast

JUDAS - Jack Lowe
JESUS - Ronan Harrington
SATAN - Alex Baker
CUNNINGHAM - Deborah Lean
EL FAYOUMY - Tariq Bhatti
JUDGE - James Newall
BUTCH HONEYWELL - Eddie Register
SAINT PETER / BAILIFF - Alan Maddrell
SAINT MATTHEW - Ben Baxter
PONTIUS PILATE - Paul Norton
MARY MAGDALENE / LORETTA - Adriana Maestrazi
GLORIA / MATTHIAS OF GALIEE - Fran Rafferty
MOTHER TERESA - Rukshan Mehra
HENRIETTA ISCARIOT - Judith Barbeler
SAINT MONICA - Tracie Laurinaitis
CAIPHAS THE ELDER - Chris de Pury
SIMON THE ZEALOT - Adam Moulder


Director: Zoe Thomas Webb
Producer: Rebecca Smith


The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, by Stephen Adly Guirgis
Royal Courts of Justice
Strand
London, WC2A 2LL


CHARITY NIGHT AT THE ROYAL COURT OF JUSTICE:
THURSDAY 13 OCTOBER

Tickets include welcome drinks and canapes served at 6.30pm for a 7.30pm start. Following the show you are also invited to a private post-show drinks with the cast and production team (venue tbc). Proceeds to Sedos and the Personal Support Unit at the RCJ.

Jury seats - £40 (these are split into into 2 blocks of 12)
Main Court floor - £30 (£25 conc)
Gallery - £15 (£10 conc) - SOLD OUT

Following the show you are also invited to a private post-show drinks with the cast and production team (venue tbc).

BOOK YOUR TICKETS EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT


Concession: Sedos members, children, students with valid identification, registered disabled and registered unemployed unless otherwise stated, for example Gala Nights. Cash only on the door.

This production contains some strong language


Ticket Collection
Tickets will be available for you to collect from the Box Office on the night of the performance. They will not be posted out to you. Seats at the Royal Courts of Justice are unreserved. Latecomers will only be admitted at the discretion of Sedos. Any audience members arriving more than 15 minutes late will not be admitted until the interval.

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Trailer from the 2008 Almeida Production