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Lucifer Saved
On from 30 Oct 2007 till 24 Nov 2007
Finborough Theatre
by Peter Oswald
Genre(s): New Writing

About: Lucifer Saved

Lucian Willow has a dark past; so dark he can’t remember it. Twenty years after the end of the Second World War, a former Army Chaplain lives in a state of amnesia on his old comrade Lord Brook’s country estate, deep in the slumbering fields of England. The arrival of a circus from across the channel – with its anarchic forces of magic and comedy – impels these wounded men to confront their horrifying and entangled past. Written in verse and prose, Lucifer Saved is an astonishing interweaving of modern story and Christian myth, of tragedy and comedy, by one of the UK’s foremost verse playwrights.

Peter Oswald was writer-in-residence at the Globe Theatre where his plays The Storm, The Golden Ass and Augustine’s Oak were all produced. In 2005, his version of Schiller’s Mary Stuart, directed by Phyllida Lloyd, transferred to the West End after a sell-out run at the Donmar Warehouse. Other London credits include The Odyssey and Shakuntala (Gate Theatre), Dona Rosita: The Spinster (Almeida), Fair Ladies at a Game of Poem Cards (National Theatre), and Don Carlos (Lyric). He is now Playwright-in-Residence at the Finborough Theatre. Lucifer Saved received a staged reading at the Finborough Theatre in 2006 with Mark Rylance, Juliet Rylance and John McEnery.

Reuben Grove is an exciting young director who has worked closely with Peter Oswald and his Devonshire theatre company Hearts Tongue. He recently directed Bed and Breakfast by Jennie Coles at The Gate Theatre before a successful run on the Edinburgh Fringe. London credits include work as Writer on Hidden Light (Barons Court Theatre), Assistant Director to Dominic Leclerc on Love and Human Remains (Soho Theatre and The Warehouse), and Silver Tongue Theatre’s The Fire Play (Holborn Church Crypt), and Assistant Musical Director on Mother Clap’s Molly House (National Theatre).

Giraffe Productions is a new production company. Recent Production Management credits include King of Hearts (Out of Joint at Hampstead Theatre), The Hound of the Baskervilles (Out of Joint at the West Yorkshire Playhouse), and The Overwhelming (Out of Joint at the National Theatre).

poetryatthefinborough is a newly created series of productions of verse plays and fully staged poetry evenings.

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