13 Nov 2012 - 17 Nov 2012

The Serpent's Tooth

In association with Talawa Theatre Company

By David Watson

Directed By Michael Buffong

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In an unstable nation, vulnerable to violence, what form will justice take?

King Lear and his family are dead, and in the aftermath of a cruel war the country is at a crossroads. As lawlessness descends, an
imprisoned traitor awaits his fate. 

A prominent diplomat arrives to oversee the trial of this infamous prisoner. But with the guards resisting his authority and the threat of invasion growing outside, the visitor’s purpose begins to unravel.

Staged in the atmospheric basement of Shoreditch Town Hall, this potent finale to King Lear brings the audience face-to-face with a nation’s struggle for power.

Writer David Watson is best known for Flight Path (Bush Theatre) and Pieces of Vincent (Arcola Theatre). Talawa Theatre Company Artistic Director Michael Buffong directed Crawling in the Dark at the Almeida Theatre in 2011, as well as the highly acclaimed Moon on a Rainbow Shawl at the National Theatre.

Please note that this is a site-specific piece and performances are not taking place at the Almeida Theatre. For more information about the venue click here

This performance is recommended for ages 14+

Dates & Tickets

Wednesday 7 - Saturday 17 November

Evening performances 
Tue & Wed at 7pm
Thu - Sat at 7pm and 9pm
There are no public performances on Thu 8 November

This is a promenade performance with a running time of approximately 55 minutes with no interval.

The production is taking place at Shoreditch Town Hall.

The Serpent's Tooth Production Photos

The Serpent's Tooth Production Photos

The Serpent's Tooth Production Photos

The Serpent's Tooth Production Photos

The Serpent's Tooth Production Photos

The Serpent's Tooth Production Photos

The Serpent's Tooth Production Photos

The Serpent's Tooth Production Photos

The Serpent's Tooth Production Photos

Theatre includes: Powder Monkey (Royal Exchange, Manchester).

Television includes: Doctor Who; Missing; Doctors; My Almost Famous Family; Dirk Gently.

Film includes: I Give It a Year; The Decoy Bride.

The Serpent's Tooth Rehearsal Photos

The Serpent's Tooth Rehearsal Photos

The Serpent's Tooth Rehearsal Photos

The Serpent's Tooth Rehearsal Photos

The Serpent's Tooth Rehearsal Photos

The Serpent's Tooth Rehearsal Photos

The Serpent's Tooth Rehearsal Photos

The Serpent's Tooth Rehearsal Photos

The Serpent's Tooth Rehearsal Photos

  "Invigorating, intense and vivid...an absolute must-see."

One Stop Arts

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  "Rich and terrifying...a memorable and haunting piece of work."

Exeunt Magazine

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  "This Michael Buffong-directed production proves to be something quite exceptional... one of the richest new plays I've seen all year."

Spoonfed

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"...stand-out performances...a quick-witted script and a suitably unsettling venue."

Camden New Journal

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This is a promenade performance with a running time of approximately 55 minutes with no interval.

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