Following the successful tour of Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party in 2016, today London Classic Theatre Artistic Director Michael Cabot announces a new production of Terry Johnson’s Hysteria for spring 2017. Cabot directs John Dorney (Salvador Dali), Ged McKenna (Sigmund Freud), Summer Strallen (Jessica) and Moray Treadwell (Dr Abraham Yahuda). The production tours to 23 venues around the UK this spring, opening at Malvern Festival Theatre on 1 February and finishing at Mercury Theatre Colchester on 20 May.
1938. Hampstead, London.
Sigmund Freud has fled Nazi-occupied Austria and settled in leafy Swiss Cottage. The ageing Freud intends to spend his last days in peaceful contemplation but, when Salvador Dali pays a visit and discovers a naked woman in the closet, eye-popping mayhem ensues.
Winner of the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy in 1994, Terry Johnson’s hilarious farce explores the fallout when two of the twentieth century’s most brilliant and original minds collide.
Terry Johnson is one of the UK’s most celebrated contemporary playwrights. His most notable successes include Dead Funny, Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick, The Graduate, Insignificance and Mrs Henderson Presents.
John Dorney – Salvador Dali
Ged McKenna – Sigmund Freud
Summer Strallen – Jessica
Moray Treadwell – Dr Abraham Yahuda
Michael Cabot is the founder and Artistic Director of London Classic Theatre. James Perkins joins London Classic Theatre for the first time as set and costume designer. Andy Grange collaborates with Michael Cabot and London Classic Theatre for the seventh time.
London Classic Theatre
In April 2000, London Classic Theatre was launched as a touring theatre company with David Mamet’s Oleanna. This inaugural tour lost a small fortune but doors had opened and, crucially, the work was being seen. Sixteen years and thirty-five tours later, London Classic Theatre is now a successful, established part of the commercial UK touring theatre scene. The company has never received any funding or sponsorship for its work. As Artistic Director, Michael Cabot has programmed a repertoire of classic and modern classic plays, a mixture of the challenging and the commercial, big titles and less well-known, including two UK premières – Hugh Leonard’s Love in the Title and Joanna Murray-Smith’s Nightfall. As venues and audiences have become more familiar with the work, he has been able to push the boundaries of what LCT offers, both in ambition, scale and complexity.
London Classic Theatre – in numbers…
35 tours since 2000
250 venues visited
430 weeks of touring
315,000 miles covered
Over 2300 performances
Over 475,000 tickets sold
2 UK premières
4 Harold Pinter plays
2 Patrick Marber plays
2 Marivaux plays in new translation
Longest tour Equus – 35 weeks and 198 performances
Shortest tour The Game of Love and Chance – 5 weeks and 22 performances
£0 public subsidy