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King's Head Theatre 2018

Photo: Alex Brenner

King's Head Theatre
9th January - 3rd February 2018

Written by

Steven Berkoff

Lighting Designer & Production Manager

David Doyle

Directed by

Jessica Lazar

Movement Direction by

Yvan Karlsson

Produced by

Tom Ford & Bridie Bischoff

Music Direction by

Carol Arnopp

Designed by

Anna Lewis

Brought to you by the winners of the 2016 Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award, this new production of Steven Berkoff’s influential masterpiece opens at the King’s Head Theatre, where EAST made its London debut in 1975.

“Tell how it chanced that we sworn mates were once the deadly poison of each other’s eye...”

Still as startlingly original as it was then, EAST is assaultive, riotously funny, and entirely unapologetic. Mike and Les strut through their manor - the Commercial Road - brawling, swearing and living for the moment in all its dubious glory. Their first encounter is a fight over Mike’s girl Sylv yet they become sworn mates, thick as tea leaves. And then we meet the fascist Dad and the faded Mum… and can’t help but hope for more for Mike, Les and Sylv.

A cast of five and a live pianist, twists and turns of foul-mouthed verse and explosions of personality will plunge you into interior worlds you might never want to crawl out of.

"David Doyle’s lighting design impressively sets the scene ... helping to frame and draw out the tragic (and comedic) moments"
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"It is hard to imagine a better fringe staging"
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"Visually and emotionally inventive"
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"Not to be missed"
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"A tour de force"
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