The Curing Room, David Ian Lee’s powerful play, which caused a huge stir at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and subsequently played a limited season at the Pleasance Islington, will return to London this summer with a four week run at the Vaults Theatre, Waterloo from 4th to 29th May 2016, with a Press Night on 4th May.
Provocative, thought-provoking and at times darkly funny, The Curing Room is a bold, daring thriller based on true events, in which the ensemble of 7 male actors perform the show completely nude. Originally written and developed in New York with a series of workshops and public readings, The Curing Room marked its inaugural production in Edinburgh with the following cast, who will return to London: Rupert Elmes, Tom Holloway, Matt Houston, John Hoye, Harvey Robinson and Marlon Solomon. John Last will join the cast.
Spring 1944 – seven Soviet soldiers have been captured by the Nazis, stripped naked and abandoned in the locked empty cellar of a monastery in southern Poland. Deprived of all resources and ties to the world they knew, the prisoners must redefine their concepts of order and human nature and confront the ultimate taboos – murder and cannibalism – in order to survive…
Joao de Sousa said, “In spite of the moments of brutality and gore The Curing Room is a beautifully staged production with an undercurrent of hope and humanity. I’m thrilled to bring the show to new audiences at the Vaults, who’s subterranean setting so ideally suits the design of our production that I feel like it is almost site-specific!. It’s a thriller that shines a light on dark side of human behavior that is as old as humanity itself – and was inspired by an allegedly true anecdote recalled in George Steiner’s seminal work The Death of Tragedy. However, what precisely befell these seven men ‘in the last year of the war’ will forever remain conjecture – as will the identities of the men themselves.”
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Presented by Cut Across Productions, The Curing Room is directed by Joao de Sousa, designed by Phil Lindley with sound design by Angus MacRae, lighting design by David Howe and fight direction from Bret Yount.
The Curing Room contains full frontal male nudity and themes which may be distressing to certain audience members – over 16s only.
Wednesday 4 – Sunday 29 May 2016
Tuesday – Sunday @7:30pm, Saturday matinees – 3pm, Sunday Matinees – 4pm
TICKET PRICES: Sun-Thur : £x20(concs £18), Fri-Sat: @25 (concs £22), Deluxe Couch tickets (in the front row) Sun-Thur £25, Deluxe Couch tickets (in the front row) Fri-Sat £30