Find a show or venue


Order by phone

0845 505 8500

Your independent guide to the best shows in London

Catherine Street, London, WC2B 5LA

Show poster


Ended 16 May 2009 after 3 months

A rare treat. Precious cargo indeed.

Claudia Pritchard, The Independent

Closed 16 May 2009


The first full-length work by Nicholas de Jongh, theatre critic for the Evening Standard, Plague Over England has been met with great acclaim and rave reviews. Looking at the establishment's persecution of gay men in the 1950s, the play is based on an actual incident that occurred in actor John Gielgud's life, when he was arrested in a public lavatory for winking at an undercover policeman. A high-profile court case ensued, which is captured in de Jongh's well-crafted and moving play.

Plague Over England portrays a man in crisis and simultaneously offers a powerful evocation of an era and stark insights into how homophobia has been viewed and experiences over the last fifty years.

Directed by Tamara Harvey and with sharp designed by Alex Marker, Plague Over England stars Michael Feast in the leading role. Having known Gielgud personally, Feast imbues the character with the actor's traits, mannerisms and his fearful, lustful, self-deprecating nature.

Additional Information


Previews from: 11 February 2009

Opening night: 16 February 2009

Closing night: 16 May 2009


Plague Over Engalnd is suitable for audiences aged 16 and above. Children under 5 will not be admitted to the Duchess Theatre.


Please note: The term Duchess Theatre and/or Plague Over England as well as all associated graphics, logos, and/or other tradermarks, tradenames or copyrights are the property of the Duchess Theatre and/or Plague Over England and are used herein for factual descriptive purposes only. We are in no way associated with or authorized by the Duchess Theatre and/or Plague Over England and neither that entity nor any of its affiliates have licensed or endorsed us to sell tickets, goods and or services in conjunction with their events.

What's on When

You might also like:

Keep up to date