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The Fighter hits The Actor's Church, Covent Garden

Preview by Jack Foley

THE Fighter caused a sensation after a workshop production was staged at Shoreditch Church, on Shoreditch High Street, in 2002.

The Independent cited it as one of the 'five best London plays' and writer/director, Peter Cadwell, went on to develop the script with Max Stafford Clark at Out of Joint.

The finished production of this long awaited play will now be staged at The Actor’s Church, in Covent Garden piazza, from February 9 to 26.

The setting for the play is London, in the present day, as a violent young man breaks into an inner city church late one evening.

In the midst of his anger, his mind is bursting with questions: on the fabric of life and love, faith and death, belief and passion.

There in the church, however, he faces his greatest opponent: a priest – a man who has fought many struggles and now searches his own soul. The stage is set for their fight for truth, redemption and forgiveness.

"You speak the word of God because you’re the worst. You’re lost more than any of us, God is your excuse. We’re all lost, you, me, everybody."

The Fighter is billed as a controversial, powerful and visceral story from a young playwright and director staged as a site-specific production in an unusual and highly atmospheric location.

St Paul’s Church (The Actor's Church), Bedford Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 9ED.
Dates: February 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 26 (all at 8pm)
Tickets: £10, £6 (concs)
Box Office: 020 7229 7216.
Transport: Tube: Embankment, Covent Garden, or Leicester Sq

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