The bohemian lifestyle of Benjamin Britten, WH Auden, Carson McCullers and Gypsy Rose Lee in the artistic community at 7 Middagh Street starts to unravel as World War II becomes a brutal reality. Exiled in America for his beliefs and a national disgrace, Benjamin Britten must decide which way his conflicted political ideals lie but the constant parties, doomed affairs and John Dunne, the mysterious stranger provide an easy distraction.
Based on true events, the world premiere of Zoe Lewis’ passionate and thought-provoking play BRITTEN IN BROOKLYN takes place in the beautiful and unique setting of Wilton’s Music Hall, starring Sadie Frost as Gypsy Rose Lee.
Sadie Frost has previously starred in Zoe Lewis’ one-woman plays Touched…For the Very First Time and Like a Virgin. Her other extensive credits on stage and screen include Fool for Love, Mumbo Jumbo, Dracula and Dark Obsession.
Sadie is joined in the cast by Ruby Bentall (Minnie in Lark Rise to Candleford, Mary Bennet in Lost in Austen and cousin Verity Poldark in the BBC adaptation) as Carson McCullers, David Burnett (Henry Foster in Brave New World) as John Dunne, John Hollingworth (Design for Living at the Old Vic, Capt Henshawe in Poldark) as WH Auden, and Ryan Sampson (Grumio in the TV comedy Plebs, Charles ‘Boz’ Dickens in TV’s The Frankenstein Chronicles) as Benjamin Britten. Oli Rose directs.
For the post-show Q&A on Thursday 8 September 2016, I’ll be joined by BRITTEN IN BROOKLYN writer Zoe Lewis and leading lady Sadie Frost.