Photo Flash: Inside Opening Night of EL. TRAIN at Hoxton Hall
Ruth Wilson stars in the London premiere of The El. Train: three one-act plays by Eugene O'Neill (The Web, Before Breakfast and The Dreamy Kid). The plays, written between 1913 and 1918, are being presented together for the first time. Ruth acts in The Web and Before Breakfast, directed by Sam Yates, and makes her directorial debut with The Dreamy Kid. Combining live music with immersive design, all housed in the intimate setting of Grade II listed Hoxton Hall (built 1863, seating an audience of 125), The El. Train will run for a limited four-week season through 30 December. Check out photos from opening night below!
Set in impoverished New York at the turn of the 20th Century, the event begins with the three one-act plays linked by a live ragtime/jazz band performing musical vignettes to further evoke the distinctive feel of the period, while elevating O'Neill's epic themes of sin and redemption, and heaven and hell.
Hoxton Hall has been pioneering East London creative activity since 1863 and is one of the last surviving Victorian Music Halls. In the Music Hall era Shoreditch boasted more than ten Music Halls and although only two remain in East London, the area is once again a hot bed of creativity and young talent. www.hoxtonhall.co.uk.
The El. Train, Three One-Act Plays by Eugene O'Neill by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Plays Limited, will run at Hoxton Hall. Performances: Monday - Saturday at 8.00pm *; Thursday/Saturday & Sunday mats at 3.00pm *; and Sunday evenings at 7.00pm *. Press Night 1/Launch Night Thursday 12 December. Press Night 2 Friday 13 December, * Please see website for full schedule as performances vary during the run. Ticket prices: from £25.00. Hoxton Hall is located at 130 Hoxton Street, London, N1 6SH. Box Office: www.theeltrain.com.
Photo Credit: Dan Wooller/Rexx
Francesca Zampi, Nicholas Kirkwood and Katherine Holmgren
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