by Chris Hannan
directed by Roxana Silbert
"I was a storm. I was also a man entirely alone in a storm. There were forces beyond my control and I was one of them."
1968. Midlands MP Enoch Powell has something to say. Something he feels needs to be said. Something that could divide Britain forever.
1992. Oxford academic and daughter of a Caribbean immigrant, Rose Cruickshank wants answers. Enoch's controversial words about immigration shattered her childhood. Will a meeting with the man himself allow her to find the inner peace she desperately craves?
Enoch Powell's 'Rivers of Blood' speech is the post-war's most polarising political speech. Chris Hannan’s (The Iliad, The Lyceum) powerful
play asks how a politically divided country moves forward in the wake of a crisis.
What Shadows is presented by Birmingham Repertory Theatre and marks the return of Scottish actor Ian McDiarmid (Star Wars) to The Lyceum stage for the first time in 45 years, bringing one of Britain’s most infamous politicians to life in a searing performance that has been hailed by critics.
★★★★ 'Ian McDiarmid gives a standout performance as Powell' The Times
★★★★ 'The most provocative theatrical debate of the decade' The Telegraph
Ian McDiarmid stars as Enoch Powell.
Ian McDiarmid talks about what to expect from What Shadows.
Dates and Times
7 - 23 September 2017
7 & 8 September
£10 Preview tickets on sale 14 August
Tuesday - Saturday
MATINEES from 9 September, 2pm
Wednesdays and Saturdays
To be confirmed
- For Access performances see below
Tuesday - Saturday: £16 - £32
Wednesday and Saturday: £14 - £28
from £10, not available on Premium Seats
For full details on concession pricing please contact Box Office on 0131 248 4848
Unreserved seating, all tickets £10
On sale 14 August
All prices guaranteed until 1 September 2017
Thursday 21 September, 7.30pm
Touch Tour, 6.15pm
Saturday 16 September, 2pm
Touch Tour, 12.45pm
Wednesday 20 September, 7.30pm
Saturday 16 September, 2pm
- Book Accessible performances here
Creative Learning Events
POST SHOW DISCUSSION
Tuesday 19 September 2017
Takes place in the Stalls after the evening's performance
- FREE, no ticket required
PAGE TO STAGE
Thursday 21 September 2017, 5.30pm
These workshops will explore varied aspects of the production process to show you how we get a performance from the page to The Lyceum's stage. The session includes complimentary tea & coffee.
- £10 (£5 for students) / Book Here
Saturday 23 September 2017, 10am
Join us for a practical acting workshop where will explore What Shadows and work on key scenes with one of our Drama Artists.
- £12 (£6 for students) / Book Here
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