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World Premiere

The Lightning Play

By Charlotte Jones
Thu 9 Nov 2006 - Sat 6 Jan 2007

"Funny, touching and consistently entertaining"

Daily Telegraph 

Nominated for 2 What's On Stage Theatre Goer's Choice Awards 2007 

“That’s how it’ll be one day. The doorbell will go and she’ll be home.  Just like that.”

North London at Halloween, Max Villiers a celebrity ghost writer and his wife Harriet, a talented shopper, host a party.

As Max connects his first plasma TV, the evening is hijacked by interference from the past.  There are trick or treaters at the door and strangers on the brand new rug.

This is the world premiere of a shocking and darkly humorous play from the writer of Humble Boy at the National Theatre and the West End.  Charlotte Jones’ other writing includes the book of The Woman in White in the West End and The Dark at the Donmar Warehouse.

Director Anna Mackmin’s most recent projects include Mammals at the Bush Theatre and the highly acclaimed Burn, Chatroom & Citizenship at the National Theatre.

Cast includes: Adie Allen, Christina Cole, Eleanor David, Lloyd Hutchinson, Simon Kassianides, Matthew Marsh, Katherine Parkinson, Orlando Seale

Click here to download the production programme as a PDF

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In alphabetical order (with character names):


Adie Allen (Jacklyn Pettit)

Christina Cole (Tabby Morris)

Eleanor David (Harriet Villiers)

Lloyd Hutchinson (Eddie Fox)

Simon Kassianides (Burak)

Matthew Marsh (Max Villiers)

Katherine Parkinson (Imogen Cumberbatch)

Orlando Seale (Marcus Cumberbatch)

Creative Team


Anna Mackmin


Lez Brotherston


Tim Mitchell


Paul Groothuis

Cinematography and Pro jection Designer

Jon Driscoll 


"Funny, touching and consistently entertaining"

The Daily Telegraph, 20 November 2006

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"Charlotte Jones, as we know from Humble Boy, is a great entertainer. She creates lively characters and dialogue...a highly enjoyable new play" 

The Guardian, 20 November 2006

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"A dark, perceptive character comedy"Time Out, 22 Nov 2006

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"A genuinely original playwriting voice, Jones often writes like a magic realist novelist or poet. She is of course, a theatrical conjuror"


Daily Express, 20 November 2006

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