Scandaltownby Mike Bartlett. Directed by Rachel O'Riordan.
Mike Bartlett’s hilarious and irreverent new comedy uncovers a decadent world of sex, hypocrisy, parties and power.
It’s the event of the season and the fame–hungry have come to play, but not all is what it seems when a web of lies and mishaps risk exposing the reputation of London’s elite.
Artistic Director Rachel O’Riordan directs this Restoration comedy for the 21st Century, celebrating a spectacular return to the theatre with a 12-strong ensemble, an exquisite score and the finest couture. A party that will no doubt have all of London talking.
Welcome to #Scandaltown.
Content Warning: This production contains sexual references, nudity, drug use and smoking.
“Scandaltown is a great big, sexy, smart, occasionally crass, rock’n’roll piece of theatre. It reflects the facade of social media and hypocrisy of politicians, while smiling with real kindness at our shared human folly. It embraces modern life, and gently points out we are all a bit ridiculous to boot.” Read Rachael Stirling’s opinion piece in The Observer here.
“It’s funny, it’s debauched… it’s satirising the rich and the powerful.” Listen to Mike Bartlett’s podcast on BBC Radio 4 Front Row here.
[packed with] “audience asides, characters in disguise, sexual innuendo, and hectic pace of a Restoration comedy… firmly set in the here and now.” Read Mike Bartlett’s feature interview in The Times here.
“Scandaltown is a love letter to our reopened theatres and a celebration of London.” Read Mike Bartlett’s feature interview in Time Out, free to collect from tube and train stations in zones 1 to 5.