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Anatomy of a Murder - Blackfriars

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

DUE TO unforeseen circumstances, For Short. Theatre Company’s previously announced London premiere of Elihu Winer’s revolutionary courtroom drama, Anatomy of a Murder, will now run from July 1 to July 27, 2013.

As well as the Company’s website, tickets are available from the Pleasance Theatre Box Office at

Previously Posted: For Short. Theatre Company, in association with the Pleasance Theatre, is presenting the first London production of Elihu Winer’s revolutionary play, Anatomy of a Murder.

A gripping court room drama, it will be performed in a site-specific courthouse venue in Blackfriars (see address below) – from June 3 to June 29, 2013.

Paul Biegler isn’t looking forward to becoming a defence attorney but his first case is sensational: a Lieutenant is accused of murdering the bartender who allegedly raped his wife. It’s a high-stakes battle of wit and determination as Biegler uses every device to save the officer’s neck.

Initially released as a novel by Michigan Supreme Court Justice John D.Voelker under the pseudonym Robert Traver, Anatomy of a Murder was turned in to a critically acclaimed film starring James Stewart in 1959.

An intense trial-based play, it is ideally suited to For Short.’s uniquely up-close style of performance.

For Short. are a young theatre troupe who turned to disused spaces when unable to afford more traditional theatrical venues. Through collaboration with property guardian companies, For Short. specialise in adopting pop-up locations for their charm and function to perform appropriate plays, letting art truly reflect life.

They have received acclaim for their visceral staging of new and published works, including Dennis Kelly’s Orphans and Martin McDonagh’s The Lonesome West.

Anatomy of a Murder marks For Short.’s first production in the development of the company’s Elevator platform scheme that aims to create industry opportunities for young and emerging talent in the UK.

For Short. work under the official patronage of Simon Russell Beale and Mark Rylance, who has said of the company, “I applaud this new initiative. These artists are busy being born.”

Tickets: £12, £8 concessions – available from the box office on 0207 609 1800 or online at

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm; Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2.30pm.

Venue: 3 Space Hub Blackfriars, Audit House, 58 Victoria Embankment, London, EC4Y 0DS (Nearest Tube: Blackfriars).