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The Dark at the Top of the Stairs

The Belgrade Theatre presents

The Dark at the Top of the Stairs

By William Inge

Sat 20 Oct - Sat 10 Nov

  • Presented at B2 stage
  • Tickets: £7.75 - £19.25 (Concessions: £7.75 - £17.25)

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The Dark at the Top of the Stairs stands shoulder to shoulder with the work of other towering 20th Century playwrights like Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller and Chekhov who brilliantly evoke characters caught between
two worlds.

The play is set among the wide open spaces and never-ending skies of Oklahoma in the early 1920s – a time, like today, of great change. The oil boom turned people into millionaires overnight, and others into paupers. Instead of the quietly ambling horse and carriage, the country’s dry, dusty roads were busy with the blare and bustle of shiny new automobiles, while oil derricks crashed through the landscape.

The Flood family is disintegrating: Rubin, a travelling salesman selling horse harnesses, Cora his sensitive wife, Lottie her nouveau riche sister, Sonny their Hollywood-obsessed little boy and Reenie their painfully shy teenage daughter. Like America at the time, each one of them is forced to face their fears and accept that the world as they know it is changing forever.

Written by William Inge, who dedicated the play to his friend, rival and contemporary Tennessee Williams, The Dark at the Top of the Stairs won the Tony Award for Best Play in 1957 and was made into a successful film in 1960 with Angela Lansbury. It has not been seen in England for over a generation.

This drama will be directed by director and writer Lisa Forrell who also teaches a regular course on American drama at the Actors Centre, London.

Sat 20 Oct 8:00pm Limited Availability
Mon 22 Oct 8:00pm
Tue 23 Oct 7:00pm Sold Out
Wed 24 Oct 8:00pm
Thu 25 Oct 8:00pm
Fri 26 Oct 8:00pm
Sat 27 Oct 2:45pm
Sat 27 Oct 8:00pm
Tue 30 Oct 8:00pm
Wed 31 Oct 8:00pm
Thu 1 Nov 8:00pm Post-Show Discussion
Fri 2 Nov 8:00pm
Sat 3 Nov 2:45pm
Sat 3 Nov 8:00pm
Mon 5 Nov 8:00pm Cancelled
Tue 6 Nov 8:00pm
Wed 7 Nov 2:45pm Limited Availability
Wed 7 Nov 8:00pm
Thu 8 Nov 8:00pm
Fri 9 Nov 8:00pm Captioned Performance
Sat 10 Nov 2:45pm Audio Described
Sat 10 Nov 8:00pm

“The dramatic quality of the performances is stunning. * * * * *

The Public Reviews

Olivia Vinall (Reenie), Hazel Oppong (Belgrade Black Youth Theatre), Jenny-May Darcy (Flirt) & Ruth Mudhai (Belgrade Black Youth Theatre)

Press night photos: The Dark at the top of the Stairs

Posted by anon on 24th October 2012

Here's a few photos taken at the press night for The Dark at the top of the Stairs, which runs in B2 until 10 Nov 2012. Read more

Audience member

Video: Audience reaction to The Dark at the Top of the Stairs

Posted by Rosie Mackie on 25th October 2012

See what audiences thought of The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, now on in B2. Read more

Caroline Faber (Cora Flood) and Andrew Whipp (Rubin Flood)

Podcast: Interview with Director Lisa Forrell

Posted by Rosie Mackie on 23rd October 2012

In this podcast we chat to the Director of The Dark at the Stairs, Lisa Forrell about how she has brought this rarely performed play to life. Read more

Dress rehearsal for Dark at the Top of the Stairs

Sneak peek at The Dark at the Top of the Stairs

Posted by anon on 19th October 2012

A look behind scenes at the first dress rehearsal for The Dark at the Top of the Stairs. Read more

The company

The Dark at the top of the Stairs Production Photos

Posted by anon on 22nd October 2012

See what our new show, The Dark at the top of the Stairs looks like in these stunning photographs by Robert Day. See the show for yourself in B2 until 10 Nov. Read more

Caroline Faber (Cora Flood) and Andrew Whipp (Rubin Flood).

Podcast: Interview with Caroline Faber and Andrew Whipp

Posted by Rosie Mackie on 8th October 2012

We speak to actors Caroline and Andrew, playing Cora and Rubin Flood in The Dark at the Top of the Stairs. Read more

Olivia Vinall (Reenie Flood) and Jenny-May Darcy (Flirt)

Video: Interview with The Dark at the Top of the Stairs cast

Posted by Rosie Mackie on 2nd October 2012

In this interview, we chat to Jenny-May Darcy (who plays Flirt) and Olivia Vinall (who plays Reenie Flood) in The Dark at the Top of the Stairs. Read more

The Dark at the Top of the Stairs

Video: The Dark at the Top of the Stairs teaser trailer

Posted by Rosie Mackie on 2nd October 2012

Take a peek at this teaser trailer for The Dark at the Top of the Stairs. Read more

Andrew Whipp (Rubin Flood)

Meet the cast of The Dark at the Top of the Stairs

Posted by Rosie Mackie on 3rd October 2012

Meet the cast for The Dark at the Top of the Stairs. Read more

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