FREDDIE, TED, AND THE DEATH OF JOE ORTON to Premiere at London Theatre Workshop
Ray Rackham Productions announces the world premiere of a new play, developed through the London Theatre Workshop Theatre Lab. FREDDIE, TED, and the DEATH of Joe Orton by Don Cotter, directed by Ray Rackham, is coming to London Theatre Workshop (Leadenhall Market, 88 Gracechurch Street, London ECV3 0DN), starring Robert Styles, Eion McAndrew, Helen Sheals and Perry Meadowcroft.
Developed through London Theatre Workshop's Theatre Lab, and commemorating the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales; this tragi-comedy is an exciting new play from an exciting new playwright.
Freddie, Ted, and the Death of Joe Orton is a play examining the devastating impact of a shift in the balance of power between two mean, at a time when homosexuality was considered both a crime and a form of illness requiring medical treatment.
Brighton, England, 1960s. Middle aged Freddie, suffering from undiagnosed Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, has inherited the three bedroom house which he now shares with his younger partner, the aspiring musician, Ted.
When Freddie intercepts a life changing letter addressed to Ted, his fragile hold on reality begins to crumble.
Ray Rackham directs Don Cotter's third full length play, marking the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales; Mods and Rockers fighting for supremacy across the seafronts of Britain; the closing down of the off-shore pirate radio stations; and the tragic, untimely death of the playwright Joe Orton.
"But that's how things used to be. It's 1967. We're legal now. No more living in fear. No more waiting for the dreaded knock upon the door. Times are changing for the better, Freddie, and we have to change with them. That's why I'm catching that train tomorrow. And that's why you have to let me."
IF YOU GO:
FREDDIE, TED, and the DEATH of Joe Orton
27th November - 16th December, 2017 (Press Night on 30th November)
Mon-Sat @ 7.30pm
Additional Saturday matinee on 9th December @ 2.30pm
Written by: Don Cotter
Director: Ray Rackham
Set Design: Justin Williams Design
Assistant Design: Jonny Rust
Costume Design: Millie Hobday
Hair & Makeup: Lea Steedman
Casting: Michelle Hutchings, for Ray Rackham Casting
Preview tickets 27th - 29th November - £10 flat rate. Thereafter Standard Ticket Price £16 , Concessions £12.
Tickets can be purchased at LTW's online box office: londontheatreworkshop.co.uk.