A Marvellous Year for Plums

  • Festival Theatre, Chichester, UK, 2012

Britain in 1956: the Suez Crisis. Prime Minister Anthony Eden, described by a colleague as ‘half mad baronet and half beautiful woman’, is faced with the terrible possibility of leading his country into war. His health is collapsing. His friends, colleagues and opponents, among them Hugh Gaitskell and Ian Fleming and his wife Ann, are facing crises of their own, crises of conscience and crises of the heart.

Hugh Whitmore’s new play premiered at the Chichester Festival Theatre. A play with over 70 scenes, location and scale were provided by filmic projections over Simon Higlett’s 15m wide collapsed dancehall set.

The video was co-designed by Dick Straker and Ian William Galloway for Mesmer.

...beautifully presented in Philip Franks’s production, unfolding in a fluid succession of scenes that are smartly established via film projections onto Simon Higlett’s versatile unit set.
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