By Nicholas Wright
Co-Produced & Directed by Max Lewendel
Produced by Alastair Whatley
The Olivier Award Winning play Vincent in Brixton is set to embark upon its first-ever UK theatre tour since its original staging, to rave reviews, at the National Theatre in 2002. Co-Produced by The Original Theatre Company and The Icarus Theatre Collective, Nicholas Wright’s Vincent in Brixton will perform at eight venues across the country this spring (see full tour schedule below).
The young art dealer, but not yet a committed artist, Vincent Van Gogh arrives at 87 Hackford Road in Brixton looking for a room. He is full of contradictions; shy but lustful, innocent but shocking, all the while full of passion and drive - a passion and drive which would ultimately drive him away from his family and into poverty and the asylum. As Vincent settles into his new lodging he finds himself inexplicably drawn to his grieving land-lady Ursula with whom he starts a turbulent, secret relationship that will change his life forever.
Based on historical facts gathered from letters between Vincent Van Gough and his brother Theo, Vincent in Brixton explores the facets of Van Gough’s life during his time in Brixton in 1873, charting his progress from art dealer, teacher and fervent preacher, to the beginnings of his creative talent.
Set entirely in a working Victorian kitchen designed by Christopher Hone, Director Max Lewendel - whose credits also include Lynn Seifert’s ‘Coyote Ugly’, James Graham’s ‘Albert’s Boy’, Pulitzer-Prize winning ‘The Time of Your Life’ by William Saroyan and ‘The Lesson’ by Eugene Ionesco - immerses the audience in a truly authentic experience, as he brings the play vividly into existence with the sights and smells (including real roast lamb), sights and sounds of life at 87 Hackford Road.
Vincent in Brixton wrenches home the destructive power of love and art and the sacrifices made by those who create it, beginning as a straight-forward love story, and turning into a tragic parable.
This brand-new production provides audiences with a rare opportunity to see this widely acclaimed, innovative play, with witty and compelling narrative, that transports us to a period before Van Gough genius could be seen, and promises an intense and moving performance.
Vincent in Brixton is touring UK theatres during spring 2009 and is showing at the [VENUE, TOWN] on [DATE]. To book tickets, contact the Box Office on [BOX OFFICE NO.] or, for more details, visit www.originaltheatre.com
RELEASE ENDS / Word Count: 434 EDITORS’ NOTES & FULL TOUR SCHEDULE FOLLOW / EDITORS NOTES / The Original Theatre Company - Operating and touring since 2004 we have toured extensively all over the UK playing venues ranging from Accrington Stanley Football club to Cornish cliff tops to top London venues to regional theatres to schools and every where in between. We started out as an Outdoor touring company picking up The Max Cary Award for Enterprise and Innovation presented by The University of London in 2005. We moved into theatres last year with our National Tour of Joe Calarco’s Shakespeare’s R&J which toured with great success all over the UK between June and November. We are very much a hands-on company, we are a small tight team and everyone is and will remain involved in all aspects of any given production.
Icarus Theatre Collective - Icarus is unique as a mid/small scale theatre company in that it functions as a collective. A team of highly qualified Producers lead the company under the measured Artistic Direction of company founder Max Lewendel. We aim to produce three mid-scale tours and two professional fringe productions every two years using new writing and under-appreciated classics in diverse performance formats that are intellectual, visceral or engaging but always kinetic & dynamic: theatre that moves. To that end, Icarus aims to team artists from the international community with British artists, experienced artists with promising young professionals, to enable both groups to build rapport and grow as artists. We will not always seek out those who already excel at their chosen craft, but we will look for those who have the potential to become the best under our wing.