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Billy Budd at Southwark Playhouse

Billy Budd

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About the Show Less...

A stage adaptation of Hermann Melville's classic saga of events aboard a British man-of-war during the Napoleonic wars. Read More >

Billy Budd is a stage adaptation of Hermann Melville’s classic saga of events aboard a British man-of-war during the Napoleonic wars.

When the young sailor foundling Billy Budd is forced to leave the ship he calls home and impressed onto another, his innocence and charisma make him instantly popular with all his new crewmates – except one…

Billy Budd is a nautical recasting of the Fall, a parable of good and evil, a meditation on justice and political governance, and a searching portrait of three extraordinary men.



Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 17/07/2013

Opening Night: 19/07/2013

Closing Night: 10/08/2013

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Cast & Creative


Charlie Archer, Oliver King, Alan Tyrl


Director - Seb Harcombe

Producer - s e c r e t / h e a r t

Designer - Nicolai Hart-Hansen

Lighting Designer - Howard Hudson

Author - Adapted from a novel by Herman Melville

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