Award winning PurpleCoat return to Smock Alley after their five-star Hamlet and Twelfth Night, with an evening of short work by Harold Pinter. See how Pinter’s work developed over his career with a selection of lesser known short pieces that inevitably shaped his masterpieces such as The Caretaker and The Homecoming, and see exactly why his dark creations came to be known as the Theatre of Menace.
20 + 21 May | 8pm | Boys School
Featuring A Kind of Alaska, Celebration, Victoria Station, Mountain Language and extracts from The Caretaker, spend an evening with PurpleCoat on their third return to Smock Alley, and ahead of their summer production of King Lear, which will begin its UK and Ireland tour in Dublin.
Since PurpleCoat’s founding in 2008 they have risen to be hailed as ‘one of the UK’s fastest rising ensembles’ with a body of work that has seen them perform across the UK and Ireland and gain support from key industry figures including Judi Dench and Kenneth Brannagh. They have collaborated with the RSC and National Theatre, and last year their production of Hamlet gained a clean sweep of five-star reviews when it played exclusively in Smock Alley. This production is due to be featured on the BBC. PurpleCoat have also previously performed in Smock Alley when they began their tour
of Twelfth Night here in 2014.
Previous work at Smock Alley:
‘PurpleCoat are electrifying’ Public Reviews
‘PurpleCoat have everyone on the edge of their seats’ Liverpool Echo
‘Delivers on the promise of something different’ NoMoreWorkHorse
Previous productions of Harold Pinter’s work:
‘This production of The Caretaker is an absolute delight’ Liverpool Everyman
‘A perfect demonstration of Pinter’s tragi-comic approach’ Click Liverpool
‘A real hold-your-breath theatrical thrill’ Merseysider Magazine
‘PurpleCoat excel in each and every way; this production brings Pinter’s classic more up close and personal than ever before’ Public Reviews