Gormenghast

By MERVYN PEAKE

Adapted for the stage by JOHN CONSTABLE

Iron clad tradition and rock-like ritual meets the unstoppable force of defiant youth

26 February-2 March 2013

CAST

THE THING | Alexandra Collins
FLAY | Benjamin Smith
CHORUS | Chris Dascalopoulos
CORA/CLARICE | Dawn Williams
FUSCHIA | Emily Porritt
CHORUS | Franki Georghiou
THE COUNTESS | Gerry Skeens
SWELTER | John Chapman
CLARICE/CORA | Louisa Shindle
CHORUS | Matt Matravers
TITUS GROAN | Myles Dobson
CHORUS | Sara Rajeswaran
BARQUENTINE | Sarah Heenan
STEERPIKE | Seb Revell
SEPULCHRAVE | Simon Hill
DOCTOR PRUNESQUALLOR | Stephen Russell

CREATIVE TEAM

DIRECTOR | Andy Marchant
PRODUCER | Matthew Hudson

These are seriously good actors, working hard to make the play work in a style that is always in danger of disappearing up its own backside, as plenty of similar productions have done since this style of theatre appeared half a century ago (or should I say ‘reappeared’, since the similarities with classical Greek tragedy are striking). The fact that it didn’t fail is testament to the talent of the actors and the cojones of director Andrew Marchant… I don’t think Sedos intended to give its audience an easy ride, pushing theatre as far as they could. This style of theatre isn’t for everyone, but, taken purely on its own terms, Gormenghast was an unquestioned success.

Gormenghast, 2013, Sardines

Bridewell Theatre

  • Tuesday 26 February 2013 7.30pm
  • Wednesday 27 February 2013 7.30pm
  • Thursday 28 February 2013 7.30pm
  • Friday 1 March 2013 7.30pm
  • Saturday 2 March 2013 2.30pm
  • Saturday 2 March 2013 7.30pm