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Cross Purpose returns to the King's Head Theatre

Cross Purpose

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING a hugely-successful short autumn run, Cross Purpose, the first major revival of Albert Camus’ darkly absurd and tragic play, returns to the King’s Head Theatre for a four-week season – from January 8 to February 2, 2013.

The cast includes Paddy Navin, David Lomax, Kemi-Bo Jacobs, Leonard Fenton and Jamie Birkett, who was nominated Best Actress in the Off West End Awards for her performance. Stephen Whitson again directs.

Tickets: £10 – £25 – available from the box office on 020 7478 0160 or online at

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.15pm, Sunday at 3pm.

Previously Posted: AM Media Productions Ltd are presenting Cross Purpose, by Nobel Laureate Albert Camus, at the King’s Head Theatre – from Sunday, October 7 to Sunday, November 11, 2012 (Sundays and Mondays only).

A man returns home to bring good fortune to his mother and sister but decides to remain anonymous, a decision that ultimately proves fatal. He finds them running a guesthouse, murdering their wealthy guests and dumping them in a nearby river.

Described as a darkly absurd play, Cross Purpose has tragic consequences.

Stephen Whitson directs a cast that includes Jamie Birkett, Christina Thornton, David Lomax, Melissanthi Mahut and Leonard Fenton.

Albert Camus was a French author and philosopher. His views contributed to the rise of the philosophy known as Absurdism. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957 “for his important literary production, which with clear-sighted earnestness illuminates the problems of the human conscience in our times”.

Translated by Stuart Gilbert, Cross Purpose is designed by Jenny Gamble, with sound by Tim Adnitt, lighting by Phil Hunter and costume design by Ilona Russell.

Tickets: £10 – £25 – available from the box office on 020 7478 0160 or online at

Times: 7.15pm, plus 3pm matinee on Sunday, November 11.

Also at the King’s Head Theatre: A Thornton Wilder Christmas and Starchild.