Birdland

by Simon Stephens

Birdland Top / Details
Thu 03 Apr - Sat 31 May 2014

The last week of a massive international tour and rock star Paul, is at the height of his fame. Everybody knows his name. Whatever he wants he can have. He can screw anybody he wants to. He can buy anything he desires. He can eat anything. Drink anything. Smoke anything. Go anywhere.

As the inevitability of the end of the road looms closer, and a return home becomes a reality, for Paul, the music is starting to jar.

A piercing new play looking at empathy, money and fame.

Simon Stephens’ credits at the Royal Court include Wastwater, Motortown, Country Music, Herons and Bluebird. His work elsewhere include his Olivier Award-winning adaptation of Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time for the National Theatre, now playing in the West End; an adaptation of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House for the Young Vic, which transferred to the West End, Port, recently revived at the National Theatre, Punk Rock at the Royal Exchange, Manchester and Lyric Hammersmith, Pornography at the Edinburgh Festival, Harper Regan at the National Theatre and On the Shore of the Wide World at the Royal Exchange, Manchester and National Theatre.

Carrie Cracknell directs. She is Associate Director at the Royal Court and an Associate Artist at the Young Vic and was co-Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre, from 2007 to 2012. At the Royal Court, she directed Suhayla El-Bushra’s Pigeons as part of the weekly rep in Open Court, which will tour to 20 London schools in November. Her most recent credits include A Doll’s House at the Young Vic, which recently transferred to the West End for which she was nominated as Best Director in the Evening Standard Awards, Wozzek at ENO and Elektra at the Young Vic. At the Gate Theatre her credits included: Electra, Breathing Irregular, Hedda, Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat and The Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents.

Age guidance 14+

Running time: 2 hours

Image credit: Kevin Cummins

Jerwood Theatre Downstairs

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