Your fear, your own lives, have become your entertainment.
The team that brought you the world première of Arthur Miller's first play, No Villain, return to the Old Red Lion with Eric Bogosian's incendiary Talk Radio thirty years since its inaugural production at the Public Theater in New York. A story of not-so-hidden prejudices in 80s America and the media's power to manipulate, Talk Radio is darkly prescient.
This Pulitzer Prize-nominated barnstormer of a play, adapted into a major motion picture by Oliver Stone, follows the last of the great 'shock jocks', Barry Champlain, on the eve of his outrageous show's national syndication.
Barry's show provides a late-night forum for right wing ideology, and he encourages his callers' extremist behaviour. But Champlain, who sees himself as a God amongst men, is forced to view his own fallibility and mortality in the light of skewed perspectives aired by the down-and-out listeners he has come to despise.
In today's climate of 'post-truth' politics, national agitators like Trump, Farage and Putin, and concerns about freedom of the press, Bogosian's landmark hit has never felt more relevant.
Sean Turner directs a stellar cast including EIFF 2017 Best Actor nominee Matthew Jure (Grantchester, The Tunnel, Downton Abbey) in a riotous, anarchic and long-awaited anniversary production in London.
Praise for Talk Radio -
'Pure theatrical adrenaline' - Time Out, New York
'The most lacerating portrait of a human meltdown this side of a Francis Bacon painting' - Ben Brantley, New York Times
'Hypnotic! Both as an actor's tour-de-force and a stinging cultural analysis' - Variety
Praise for No Villain -
'A textured production full of delicately handled contradictions and finely wrought performances' - Time Out
'A raw, claustrophobic production, with a simple and evocative design by Max Dorey' - Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard
'Sean Turner has done a great service to Miller studies, but also to audiences in search of gripping and intelligent drama' - Mark Lawson, The Guardian
cast includes: matthew jure
directed by sean turner
designed by Max dorey
lighting by jack weir
sound by Dan bottomley
29th August - 23rd September
Tuesday - Saturday at 7:30pm
Saturday and Sunday matinee at 3pm
Tickets £18 (£16 concessions)
Latecomers will not be admitted.