Brighton Rock (2018)
By Graham Greene
Adapted by Bryony Lavery
Directed by Esther Richardson
Music by Hannah Peel
Fred is found dead – They deny it was murder.
Rose is in love – They say she’s in danger.
And that boy, Pinkie…they say he’s evil – but what has he done?
As two seventeen year olds, Pinkie and Rose get embroiled in a vicious gang war in Brighton, 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.
Pilot Theatre and York Theatre Royal are proud to bring the dark underworld of Graham Greene’s classic novel Brighton Rock to the stage, adapted by Bryony Lavery.
An unmissable new version of this gripping noir thriller.
Suitable for ages 13+
Running time: 2 hour 30 minutes, 20 minute interval
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Tour Dates & Venues
York Theatre Royal
17 Feb – 3 Mar
Theatre Royal Brighton
6 Mar – 10 Mar
Mercury Theatre Colchester
13 Mar – 17 Mar
Hull Truck Theatre
20 Mar – 24 Mar
27 Mar – 31 Mar
10 Apr – 14 Apr
Theatre Royal Winchester
19 Apr – 21 Apr
24 Apr – Sat 28 April
1 May – 5 May
8 May – 12 May
15 May – 19 May
The Lowry, Salford
22 May – 26 May
“arresting episodes spring from an imaginative staging ” The Observer ****
“This curdled Romeo and Juliet story ends up both faithful and innovative” The Times ****
“propulsive and atmospheric” The Stage ****
“fast-moving and gripping drama that is sure to keep you on your toes. A rewarding evening of intelligent theatre” The Yorkshire Post
“Under the skilled direction of Esther Richardson, the play offers a masterclass in atmospheric drama” North West End ****
“this is not the Brighton of shiny lights and sunny days: it is a city of shadows and things half-glimpsed, where anything – any threat – might emerge from the murk.” Exeunt Magazine
“a haunting, stylish masterpiece, which leads the audience on a journey of life and death, good versus evil, and the angst of youth.” Reviews Hub ****
A free downloadable education pack has been created for this production to support teachers and students.
Cast and Creatives
Jacob James Beswick
Writer – Bryony Lavery
Director – Esther Richardson
Composer & Music Director – Hannah Peel
Designer – Sara Perks
LX Designer – Aideen Malone
Sound Designer – Adam McCready
Movement Director – Jennifer Jackson
Assistant Director – Oliver O’Shea
Casting Director – Nadine Rennie CDG
Fight Director – Philip d’Orléans