Absolute Hell at the National Theatre

Absolute Hell by Rodney Ackland

Directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins

Previews from 18 April, press night 25 April

 

Bomb-blasted London. A Soho den in the hangover from World War II, where members drink into the darkness, night after night. Lying, fighting and seducing, these lost souls and bruised lovers struggle from the rubble of war towards an unknown future.

 

Rodney Ackland’s extraordinarily provocative play was condemned as ‘a libel on the British people’ when first performed in 1952. Now it emerges as an intoxicating plunge into post-war Soho; full of despair and longing. Joe Hill-Gibbins returns to the NT to direct a large ensemble in this new production.

 

The cast includes Esh Alladi, Elizabeth Andrewartha, Ashley Byan, Jonathan Coote, Rachel Dale, Carole Dance, Joanna David, Charles Edwards, Patricia England, Kate Fleetwood, Jenny Galloway, Frazer Hadfield, Aaron Heffernan, Simon Hepworth, Lloyd Hutchinson, Martins Imhangbe, Stephanie Jacob, Fiz Marcus, Sinéad Matthews, Connor Mills, Prasanna Puwanarajah, Anita Reynolds, John Sackville, Liza Sadovy, Jonathan Slinger, Eileen Walsh, Danny Webb and Jade Yourell.

 

With set design by Lizzie Clachan, costume design by Nicky Gillibrand, lighting design by Jon Clark, associate direction and movement by Jenny Ogilvie, sound design by Paul Arditti and music direction by Harvey Brough.

 

Absolute Hell was first performed at the National Theatre in the Lyttelton Theatre in 1995, directed by Anthony Page. The cast included Judi Dench as Christine Foskett, who won an Olivier Award for Best Actress for her performance the following year.

 

Talks and Events

Censorship in Post-War Theatre – Friday 27 April, 5.30pm

Absolute Hell – British Theatre after the Blitz – Tuesday 15 May, 2pm

Soho Then and Now – Wednesday 16 May, 5.30pm

Kate Fleetwood and Jonathan Slinger on Absolute HellWednesday 13 June, 4pm

Joe Hill-Gibbins and Lizzie Clachan on Absolute Hell – Wednesday 13 June, 5.30pm

Night and the City film screening – Monday 11 June, 5pm

 

Press Night: Wednesday 25 April, 7pm

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Walter Nicoletti

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Walter Nicoletti fonda Voce Spettacolo nel 2011. Si laurea in Giurisprudenza. In qualità di Attore lavora in fiction televisive, film italiani ed internazionali. Nel 2016 produce TEK, primo cyberpunk western italiano. Nel 2018 produce MIA selezionato da Rai Cinema. E' portavoce italiano del "60th Anniversary of Foreign Language Film" by TheOscars® (2017) e della Notte degli Oscar® di Londra (2018).
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