Play Trailer

Genre Drama
First Performance 16/05/2019
Closing 22/06/2019
Running Time 1h20, no interval

Vincent River, Philip Ridley’s perennially powerful exploration of hate crime, returns to the West End at Trafalgar Studios starring Louise Jameson.

Society’s obsession with crushing ‘difference’ is the central theme to Vincent River, which was last revived at the Park Theatre in 2018. This hit production now makes the switch to central London in a heart-breaking and darkly humorous exploration of our own prejudices.

Set in a dilapidated flat in Dagenham, Vincent River follows two characters: Davey, who has seen something he can never forget, and Anita, who has been forced to flee her home. Burdened by the events of the past, their meeting will change both of their lives forever.

Louise Jameson is best known for playing the role of Dr Who’s assistant Leela in the 1970s. Her four-decade career has seen her lead shows with the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company, and she has also starred in Tenko, Bergerac and EastEnders. For her role in the 2018 production, she was nominated for an Off West End Award – opposite Thomas Mahy, also nominated, who was making his London professional debut and returns for this production.

Vincent River premiered at London’s Hampstead Theatre in September 2000, in the last major collaboration between Ridley and director Mathew Lloyd. It became a West End smash hit in October 2007. The play is believed to draw inspiration from Ridley’s unpublished radio play, October Scars The Skin, and has also been recorded as a television movie.

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