Why See Plague Over England?
CRITIC TURNS PLAYWRIGHT AND EXCELS
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.
Previews from: 11 February 2009
Opening night: 16 February 2009
Plague Over Engalnd is suitable for audiences aged 16 and above. Children under 5 will not be admitted to the Duchess Theatre.
Cast and Creative
CastMichael Feast as John Gielgud
Celia Imrie as Sybil Thorndike
Simon Dutton as Bikie Beaumont
CreativeProduced by BILL KENWRIGHT LIMITED
Written by Nicholas De Jongh
Directed by Tamara Harvey
Design by Alex Marker
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