Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
ACCLAIMED screen actor, Jim Broadbent, is to star in Lee Simpson
and Phelim McDermott's thriller, Theatre of Blood,
when it opens at the National's Lyttelton Theatre on May 19, 2005
(previews from May 9).
A disused theatre, a mysterious invitation and seven egotistical
critics are in for a bloody surprise. For actor Edward Lionheart
(Broadbent), has had one bad review too many and, aided and abetted
by a gang of murderous tramps and Shakespeare himself, is about
to wreak his revenge.
Theatre of Blood is descibed
as a macabre exhibition of putty noses, Kensington gore and some
very large acting, in which the laws of theatre
most definitely supplant the laws of physics.
Broadbent is, of course, well-known for his work in film and
has won three of the industries most prestigious awards: a Golden
Globe and an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Iris;
and a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor for his part in Moulin
His other film credits include: Bridget
Jones' Diary, Bridget
Jones: The Edge of Reason, Vera
Drake, Vanity Fair,
Around the World in 80 Days and Little Voice.
Broadbent has also made guest appearances in TV's Inspector
Morse, Only Fools and Horses and The Black Adder.
Theatre of Blood's other cast members include Paul Bentall,
Sally Dexter, Nick Haverson and Mark Lockyer.
This production is not recommended for the under 14's.
Booking until June 15, 2005.