Brimstone & Treacle 40th Anniversary Revival at The Hope Theatre 2 – 20 May ~ Press Release

The award winning Hope Theatre presents its first in-house show of 2017




PRESS NIGHT: Thursday 4 May 2017 at 7.45pm

“All I want is the England I used to know. The England I remember. I simply want the world to stop just where it is – and go back a bit. ”   Intense and macabre, prophetic and darkly funny, Dennis Potter’s infamous play Brimstone and Treacle exposes the horror lurking in Middle England minds. Behind floral curtains, Mr and Mrs Bates care for their daughter, left  injured and insensible following a car crash. A young visitor with a silver tongue crashes into their lives, but is he their saviour, a thief or the Devil himself?   Brimstone and Treacle was originally written as a BBC Play for Today in 1976, but was initially banned on release due to its shocking and disturbing content. Today the work’s depiction of an England as a powder keg of prejudice and fear is more relevant than ever.

Star of Brimstone & Treacle, Paul Clayton

Following a critically acclaimed and award-winning 2016 season of in-house productions The Hope Theatre (Fringe Theatre of the Year nominee, The Stage) brings this claustrophobic and divisive play to life with pitch-black humour and a whiff of sulphur. Directed by The Hope Theatre’s award winning Artistic Director Matthew Parker (Best Artistic Director, Off West End Awards 2017) and designed by Rachael Ryan, the cast features Olivia Beardsley (The Babadook) Stephanie Beattie, (Break A Leg Critics Choice Best Actress for Steel Magnolias), Fergus Leathem (Game of Thrones) and Paul Clayton (Peep Show, Him & Her).  It follows Matthew’s hugely successful, award winning ★★★★★ in-house productions Lovesong of the Electric Bear (winner of 2 Off West End Awards; transferred to West End 2015), Sea Life (4 Off West End Award nominations), Steel Magnolias (Winner of 2 Break A Leg Critics Choice Awards inc Best  Production) and Her Aching Heart (Best Play, Spy In The Stalls Awards and 3 Off West End Award nominations)

Praise for Matthew Parker’s previous in-house productions at The Hope Theatre:

Matthew Parker – award winning Artistic Director at The Hope Theatre

★★★★★ “A stroke of genius” London Pub Theatres on Her Aching Heart
 ★★★★★ “Exceptional theatre” IThankyou Theatre on Her Aching Heart ★★★★★ “Uniquely brilliant” Views From The Gods on Steel Magnolias
 ★★★★★ “Hilarious and emotional” Stage Review on Steel Magnolias ★★★★★ “A must see” Thrifty Theatre on Sea Life 
 ★★★★★ “Utterly fantastic” London Theatre1 on Sea Life

Listings Information BRIMSTONE AND TREACLE
The Hope Theatre 207 Upper Street London N1 1RL
2 – 20 May 2017 Tues to Sat at 7.45pm
Tickets £15 & £12 concs
Box Office: 0333 666 3366
Social Media Details Twitter: @TheHopeTheatre Facebook: /thehopetheatre


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