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American Justice - Arts Theatre

American Justice

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

NEXT year, Ryan Gage returns to the West End to star in American Justice, British playwright Richard Vergette’s searing political thriller about guilt and redemption in America’s deep south.

Set during the eight years of an Obama administration, when idealism and forgiveness may not be all they seem, it runs at the Arts Theatre from January 15 (previews from January 10) to February 9, 2013.

American Justice has won plaudits from critics and audiences throughout the UK and Lisa Forrell, who has directed over 26 productions in London and the regions, most recently an acclaimed revival of Dark at the Top of the Stairs at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, will direct a new version for the West End premiere.

As Barack Obama sweeps to power, John Daniels (Peter Tate) is elected to Congress. The fulfillment of this political ambition is marred by personal tragedy when his only daughter is murdered in a random shooting by a feral, illiterate thug, Lee Fenton (Ryan Gage).

Fenton is sentenced to death when Daniels, in an apparent act of altruism and forgiveness, appeals for clemency on the condition that he is allowed to educate the boy himself. What follows is a visceral exposé of criminal retribution, restorative justice and moral relativism.

American Justice stars Ryan Gage,who was last seen in the West End in Ghost Stories and in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Hamlet. He has recently finished filming The Hobbit films 2 and 3 directed by Peter Jackson, which are due out in 2013.

The other cast members include David Schaal (The Office and The Inbetweeners) and Peter Tate, whose previous work includes leading roles at the Almeida, National Theatre and the Actors Studio, NYC.

Produced by The Playground Studio and Echo PRESENTS in association with Louise Chantal, American Justice is designed by Signe Beckmann (The Serpent’s Tooth, Talawa/Almeida) and features films by Callum Cooper (Full Circle). Lighting is by Colin Grenfell and sound by Tom Lishman.

Tickets: £22.50, £17.50 concessions, previews and Mondays: all seats £17.50. Tickets are available from the box office on 020 7836 8463 or online at

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm and Saturday matinees at 4pm.

For more information visit the American Justice Website.