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VenueLyttelton (National Theatre)
Other spaces: Lyttelton Loft
TownWest End
CountyGreater London
From9th May 2005
Opened19th May 2005
To10th September 2005
WhenAug 4,5,6,8,9,10,11,18,19,20,22,26,27,29, Sep 2,3,5,6,7,8,9,10 at 19:30. Aug 6,11,20,27, Sep 3,8,10 Mats 14:15
PricesFrom £10.00. To £36.00.
What is currently on at Lyttelton (National Theatre) (V374)

Theatre of Blood

Theatre of BloodT1139947640
Seven self-regarding critics assemble at a disused theatre in response to a mysterious invitation. Too late they discover its gruesome purpose as Edward Lionheart, an actor frenzied by a lifetime of sneering reviews, hacks his revengeful way through the bloody works of Shakespeare, assisted by a gang of murderous tramps. The laws of theatre supersede the laws of physics in this macabre exhibition of putty noses, Kensington gore and some very large acting indeed.
Author Lee Simpson
Author Phelim McDermott

Archive :: production:T1139947640, play:S01705917517, venue:V374

Production details

By special arrangement with MGM on Stage.

Special Performances

  • 23 Jun 05 Open Captioned (STAGETEXT)
  • 24 Jun 05 Audio Described
  • 25 Jun 05 Audio Described

UKTW News/Reviews

Theatre of Blood review
23May05: Highly improbable becomes probable.
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Producer Improbable Theatre
Producer National Theatre
Adapted by Lee Simpson
Adapted by Phelim McDermott
Director Phelim McDermott
Director Lee Simpson (associate director)
Design Rae Smith
Lighting Colin Grenfell
Music Joby Talbot
Director Terry King (fight)
Sound Gareth Fry
Performer Jim Broadbent (Edward Lionheart)
Performer Paul Bentall
Performer Sally Dexter
Performer Nick Haverson
Performer Mark Lockyer
Performer Tim McMullan
Performer Rachael Spence
Performer Steve Steen
Performer Rachael Stirling
Performer Gerard Bell
Performer Bette Bourne
Performer Hayley Carmichael
Performer Stephen Harper
Performer Victoria Willing
Performer Edward Woodall

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