Winner of the 2003 Olivier Award for best new play, this great show wrenches home the destructive qualities of both love and art and the sacrifices made by those who create it.
The year is 1873. A young art dealer called Vincent Van Gogh arrives at 87 Hackford Road in Brixton looking for a room and looking for love. As Vincent settles in to his new lodging he finds himself inexplicably drawn to his grieving landlady Ursula with whom he starts a turbulent, secret relationship that will change his life forever.
Set in a working, authentic kitchen the smells, sights and sounds of life in 87 Hackford Road are brought vividly to life, immersing the audience in a truly extraordinary theatrical experience. The play wrenches home the destructive power of love and art and the sacrifices made by those who create it. The play begins as a straight-forward love story, and as the allusions between life at 87 Hackford Road and art intensify, this story turns this into a tragic parable about the ruthless flame of art consuming all in its path.
Director/Co-Producer: Max Lewendel
Producer: Alastair Whatley
Asst. Producer: Fanos Xenofos
Asst. Director: Bethany Pitts
Set Design: Christopher Hone
Costume Design: Fiona Davis
Sound Design: Matt Downing
Lighting Design: Alan Valentine
Assoc. Director: Rosa Wyatt
Stage Manager: Rob Martin
ASM: Caroline Saunders
Photographer: Jack Ladenberg
Ursula: Lin Blakley
Vincent: Mark Edel-Hunt
Sam: Alastair Whatley
Eugenie: Amy Ellen Richardson, Emma Vane
Anna: Nicola Sangster
Some of the best acting to be seen in Britain was at our local Devonshire Park Theatre in the play by Nicholas Wright entitled Vincent in Brixton - June 1-6.
At no point through the two hours did this appreciative audience feel fidgety, but were embroiled in this high status piece of theatre. This emotional and passionate work was truly a delight, and maybe urged the audience into further research of this priceless artist.
Indeed the cast of five were all excellent, providing a great ensemble, who played off each other well.