A landmark play about the railways staged beneath one of London’s landmark railway stations…David Hare’s award-winning play The Permanent Way roars to life in a provocative new site-specific staging performed in The Vaults, London’s alternative subterranean venue beneath Waterloo Station.
“What happened would simply not have happened under British Rail. It wouldn’t have happened. Not in the British Rail days.”
Revelatory, witty, and moving, The Permanent Way is an astonishing interrogation of the chaos arising from the botched privatisation of Britain’s railways.
“A searing piece of documentary theatre” – Evening Standard
Told through the first-hand accounts of those involved at every level, from passengers to Civil Service mandarins, this extraordinary verbatim piece asks challenging questions of responsibility and governmental mismanagement. Have we learned anything from recent history?
“David Hare has made a serious, provocative, dramatically gripping contribution to an argument of urgent interest to us all” – The Times
This first London revival since the play’s critically acclaimed run at the National Theatre in 2003 is directed by Alexander Lass, whose recent credits include 46 Beacon (Trafalgar Studios) and No Man’s Land (West End).
“This intricately detailed study of a fatal privatisation is that very rare thing: a vitally necessary piece of theatre” – The Guardian
After the 7.30pm performance on Tuesday 24 September 2019, I’ll talk to The Permanent Way‘s cast and creatives. Any questions? Join us!
Play meet perfect venue.
David Hare’s 2003 verbatim play about rail disasters #ThePermanentWay gets its first major revival, running at @thevaultsuk beneath #Waterloo Station 13 Sep-17 Nov. @Lassyboi directs, @DebJHicks produces @tpwplay. #theatrenews pic.twitter.com/zWM0J7un3N
— Terri Paddock (@TerriPaddock) June 13, 2019