After the sensational production of 17th-century lost masterpiece The Cardinal, I’m delighted to chair another post-show discussion for another Troupe discovery of a lost classic at Southwark Playhouse.
“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.”
1917. In a remote English village there are rumours of an enchanted wood. One of the inhabitants – a mysterious old man – invites eight strangers to stay. They all have something in common. When, one evening, the wood miraculously appears the guests feel compelled to enter. What happens there has the power to change their lives forever…
From J.M. Barrie, the celebrated writer of Peter Pan, The Admirable Crichton and Quality Street, comes this haunting drama of self-revelation. Darkly comic, and presented in a sumptuous production for the play’s centenary year, Dear Brutus is Barrie at his most magical.
RSC and West End veteran Miles Richardson (King Charles III, Twelve Angry Men, History Cycle) stars as Will Dearth and is joined in the 11-strong cast by Helen Bradbury, Charlotte Brimble, Emma Davies, Robin Hooper, Josie Kidd, Bathsheba Piepe, Simon Rhodes, Edward Sayer, Venice van Someren and James Woolley.
Dear Brutus is directed by Jonathan O’Boyle, whose credits include Sense of an Ending and the 50th-anniversary revival of Hair, designed by Anna Reid, and produced by Troupe.
Following the 3.30pm matinee performance of DEAR BRUTUS on Tuesday 5 December 2o17, I’ll be joined by director Jonathan O’Boyle, Miles Richardson and other members of the company.