When: 10th August – 3rd September 2011 (Thursday – Sunday) at 7.30pm & 3:30pm on Sunday
Where: The Network Theatre, Underneath Waterloo station, 246A Lower Road, Waterloo SE1 8SJ (Lower Road is a private road and not on maps. Waterloo Road exit signed to Old Vic, turn right and right again down the first service lane under the arches, next to Paul’s patisserie. Network Theatre is 40yds on the left past loading bays).
£: 15, concessions 10
What is it?
Following the a sell-out run of Ivona, Princess of Burgundia, Sturdy Beggars return to the tunnels of the Network Theatre with a brand new adaptation of Molnar’s rarely-performed classic farce, the next play in the company’s Brain Drain Season.
Eugene Kelemen is not witty. He is not charming. He is not handsome. He does not know how to offer Vilma, his beloved wife, the wild ecstatic declarations of love that would get her heart racing. But he knows how to make money. If this business deal works, he will give her a million – that will be his declaration of love. Only time is running out, because someone is coming… A shapeless figure from her past that has promised to take her away.
Molnar is one of Hungary’s most beloved writers, whose plays & novels have found success around the globe. Although published in four languages simultaneously in 1912 and last performed professionally in the UK in the early 1970s, the play’s exploration of the nature of success and obsession with money still finds resonance in society today.
Sturdy Beggars was founded in 2007 by Artistic Director Alex Andreou, whose recent credits include A View from The Bridge at the Manchester Royal Exchange, The Black Album at the National Theatre and A Golden Age at Southbank. He was joined by Brendan Jones as Deputy Artistic Director in 2009 and Hugo Thurston as a producer last year. The Wolf is their seventh production.
This production is directed by Jamie Harper, winner of the JMK award, the Northern Ireland Arts Council Tyrone Guthrie Bursary, and the Cohen Bursary for which he was Resident Director at English Touring Theatre and the National Theatre Studio.
More info: Box office tel: 020 3509 2827 and Sturdy Beggars website.