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Sedos revives Earthquakes in London at the Bridewell Theatre

Earthquakes in London

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

SEDOS is presenting a revival of Mike Bartlett’s Earthquakes in London at the Bridewell Theatre. Set in the politically charged post-election summer of 2010, this new production will be staged in traverse from July 10 to July 14, 2018.

The story presents a fast and furious metropolitan crash of people, scenes and decades, as three sisters attempt to navigate their dislocated lives and loves, while their dysfunctional father, a brilliant scientist, predicts global catastrophe.

Earthquakes in London received its world premiere on August 4, 2010 at the National Theatre: Cottesloe, in a co-production with Headlong Theatre. The Telegraph called it “the theatrical equivalent of a thrilling rollercoaster ride”.

Director Chris Davis (who also directed Sedos’ production of P*rnography in 2016) said:

Earthquakes in London is about as theatrical as you can get. This production contains a thrilling mix of political discussion, kooky comedy, family drama, musical dancing numbers, physical theatre and sci-fi fantasy. The play jumps from 1968 to 2525, then inside the mind of one character and back to the real world the next. It’s a story about humanity and the power of hope and love when faced with great adversity.”

Mike Bartlett won an Olivier Award in 2015 for best new play for King Charles III. He is also the writer of the BAFTA Award-winning TV series Doctor Foster.

The cast includes Marcus Ezekiel (as Colin), Kimberly Barker (Freya), Izzi Richardson (Jasmine), Helena Bumpus (Peter/Emily), Carrie Pennifer (Sarah), David Pearson (Steve), Paul Francis (Robert) and Hassan Govia (Tom).

Ensemble members are Sarah Berryman, Matt Hudson, Nadira Hussain, Olivier Namet, Lois Savill, Lloyd Smith and Graham White.

Earthquakes in London has technical production and lighting design by Oliver Levett, sound design by Adam Lockett and Adam Coppard, costume design by Thekla Bollinger, choreography by Tom Leonard, musical direction by Ryan Macaulay and projection and marketing design by Olivier Namet.

Image: Cast members of Sedos’ production of Earthquakes in London in rehearsal. On top: Kimberly Barker. Left to right: Nadira Hussain, Olivier Namet, Sarah Berryman and Graham White. Picture by Chris Davis.

Tickets: £11.50 – 18.50. To book, visit

Times: Tuesday to Saturday evenings at 7.30pm, 
Saturday matineé at 1.30pm.

Gala night: Friday, July 13 (ticket includes a free glass of fizz, a programme and a late bar).