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Darkness falls on capital in a stark new play

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: April 28, 2014

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A TERRIFYING, identical dream haunting Londoners is the theme of a play coming to Derby in May.

Set in a dark and magical landscape, "13" depicts a London both familiar and strange: a London staring into the void.

The city is in the midst of economic gloom and ineffective protest. While the Prime Minister, Ruth, considers preventative war, a young man named John returns home with a vision for the future.

However, not everyone is happy to see him back. He is a threat. When John begins giving speeches to the people they soon grow restless. Riots break out, protesters flood the streets and trolleys unexpectedly fly through bank windows.

Dark events begin to unfold, with John's followers hanging on his every word, some giving them a meaning of their own, with dire consequences.

Coincidences, omens and visions collide with political reality in this epic new play by the award-winning Mike Bartlett.

The show is running in the Main House at Derby Theatre from Thursday, May 15 until Saturday, May 17.

Mike Bartlett is currently associate playwright at Paines Plough. His play Love, Love, Love won best new play in the 2011 Theatre Awards UK, and he won the Writer's Guild Tinniswood and Imison prizes for Not Talking, and the Old Vic New Voices award for Artefacts.

Tickets cost £11 and are available by calling the box office on 01332 593939 or online at www.derbytheatre.co.uk.

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