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Tuesday 05 December 2017

Brighton Rock Rolls Up At Theatre Royal As Story Catches Up With The Times

You know the story and have probably seen the films, now Brighton Rock is back and this time it's a stage adaptation that features a soundtrack composed by the acclaimed singer, musician and composer Hannah Peel.

Playwright Bryony Lavery said about her new adaptation: 

"Why adapt Brighton Rock for the stage? Because it is such a treasure chest of narrative delights. 

"It has got everything...It's a love story, a revenge tragedy, a small-town murder mystery, an array of small-time gangsters and a middle-aged woman who knows no fear and who will stop at nothing to do right."

Written in 1938, Graham Greene's classic novel of good and evil was first adapted for the stage at the Garrick Theatre with Richard Attenborough playing Pinkie, a role he resumed in the iconic 1947 film version.

In 2010 Greene's novel was remade, setting it in 1964, with Sam Riley, Andrea Riseborough and Helen Mirren. 

Director Esther Richardson said: 

"Set in an age of advanced austerity, and against the backdrop of a society riven with inequality, Brighton Rock is a brilliant, brutal and unsettling coming of age story. 

"This will be a show that will grapple with the questions posed and feelings generated by more dangerous times."

"In the poisoned relationship between Pinkie and Rose, there is one of the best accounts ever of what it is like to be 16 and 17 years' old in a terrible, violent, adolescence."

As two seventeen-year olds, Pinkie and Rose get embroiled in a vicious gang war in Brighton where one brutal murder leads to the next. 

The police are impassive - but the courageous and life embracing Ida Arnold wants the truth. Nothing scares her. Whatever the cost, she'll see justice is done. 

Composer Hannah Peel added: 

"With an even greater sense darkness in the current world climate, my mind is already buzzing from the amount of music and sonic possibilities we will be bringing live to the stage."

Brighton Rock at Theatre Royal Brighton from 6th to 10th March 2018. CLICK HERE for more info. 

by: Mike Cobley


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