An intoxicating plunge into post-war Soho.
Bomb-blasted London. A Soho den in the hangover from World War II, where members drink into the darkness, night after night. Lying, fighting and seducing, these lost souls and bruised lovers struggle from the rubble of war towards an unknown future.
Absolute Hell, Rodney Ackland’s extraordinarily provocative play, was condemned as ‘a libel on the British people’ when first performed in 1952. Now it emerges as an intoxicating plunge into post-war Soho; full of despair and longing.
Joe Hill-Gibbins returns to the NT to direct a large ensemble in this new production of Absolute Hell.
Talks and events
Censorship in Post-War Theatre Fri 27 Apr, 5.30pm, £7 (£5 concessions)
Absolute Hell - British Theatre after the Blitz Tue 15 May, 2pm, £30 (£20/£7.50 concessions)
Soho Then and Now Wed 16 May, 5.30pm, £7 (£5 concessions)
Actors Kate Fleetwood and Jonathan Slinger on Absolute Hell, Wed 13 June, 4pm
Director Joe Hill-Gibbins and Designer Lizzie Clachan on Absolute Hell, Wed 13 June, 5.30pm
Night and the City (film screening), Mon 11 June. 5pm