2ND MARCH - 15TH APRIL 2017
Design by Alex Eales.
All Scene teamed up with the Donmar to work on their latest production of LIMEHOUSE, a new play by Steve Waters. 'A divisive left-wing leader at the helm of the Labour party. A Conservative prime minister battling with her cabinet. An identity crisis on a national scale. This is Britain 1981.'
Steve Water's thrilling new drama takes us behind closed doors to imagine the personal conflicts behind the making of political history. One Sunday morning, four prominent Labour politicians - Bill Rodgers, Shirley Williams, Roy Jenkins and David Owen - gather in private at Owen's home in Limehouse, east London. They are desperate to find a political alternative. Should they split their party, divide their loyalties, and risk betraying everything they believe in? Would they be starting afresh, or destroying forever the tradition that nurtured them?
LIMEHOUSE is a fictionalised account of real events. It is not endorsed by the individuals portrayed. Cast includes: Roger Allam (Roy Jenkins), Natalie Armin (Debbie Owen), Paul Chahidi (Bill Rodgers), Debra Gillett (Shirley Williams) and Tom Goodman-Hill (David Owen). Directed by Polly Findlay, Lighting by Jon Clark and Sound by Emma Laxton.
'Polly Findlay's effective production, attractively designed by Alex Eales, features the projected image of a large electronic clock, which in the scene changes ticks down the minutes until the arrival of the press.' - Aleks Sierz, The Arts Desk.
LIMEHOUSE runs at the Donmar Warehouse from Wednesday 8th March to Saturday 15th April 2017.
Previews will start from Thursday 2nd March 2017.
For more information and to book tickets, click here.
Evening Standard: **** 4 stars
'Defect to the Donmar for this smart take on the Gang of Four'
The Arts Desk: **** 4 stars
'Steve Water's new play at the Donmar is a delight for politics buffs...If you don't already know the story, you'll definitely need to do your homework.'
The Telegraph: **** 4 stars
'This dramatisation of the early SDP strikes a comic, relevant chord.'
The Times: **** 4 stars
'The SCP has never been so funny.'
The Guardian: *** 3 stars
'[The] timely account of Labour's 1981 split is beautifully acted.'
The Stage: *** 3 stars
'Fascinating contemporary parallels'
WhatsOnStage: *** 3 stars
Time Out: *** 3 stars
Photo by George Dives
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