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The Four Stages of Cruelty
On from 24 May 2011 till 24 Jun 2011
Arcola Theatre
by Written and directed by Adam Brace and Sebastian Armesto with Simple8
Genre(s): New Writing

Tickets: £10 - £15 / (£11 concessions) - £10 previews 21, 23, 24, 25 March (not available online) / Pay What You Can Tuesdays

About: The Four Stages of Cruelty

1751. London is over-crowded. The morals are as loose as the women and the crime as free as the gin. On the streets, prostitutes, footpads and highwaymen coalesce with Dukes, members of Parliament and anyone in between. All scrap for profit. All seek an escape from the drudgery of life.

Somewhere near the bottom of this heap is an orphan named Tom Nero. Trapped in a brutal and compelling struggle to survive, he grapples, hustles and kills to rise above the fate society has dealt him.

Following their acclaimed productions of Les Enfants du Paradis and The Living Unknown Soldier, simple8 transports this story of wanton cruelty – as pertinent and as visceral as when Hogarth first scratched it – to the London stage.

An ecologically sustainable theatre production.

Reviews

★★★★★, The Times
"A new company possessing the skills, dedication and intelligence to create wonder"

★★★★★ , Time Out
"Redraws the borders of your assumptions"

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