Winter 2016 | October 2016 - February 2017

DR ANGELUS

by James Bridie

 
Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays,
27, 28, 29 November, 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 December 2016

The first English production in nearly 70 years

Dr Angelus is now completely sold out for the entire run EXCEPT for an extra matinee on Monday 19 December 2016 at 2.00pm.

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“You had your suspicions and you should have had the guts to speak out.”

A production commissioned by the Finborough Theatre, and rediscovering one of the West End’s most popular dramatists of the 1930s and 1940s.

Glasgow, 1920. Earnest young doctor George Johnson has just been made partner in the medical practice of his eccentric senior colleague Dr Angelus. It seems like the perfect start to his career. When Dr Angelus’ treatment of his own mother-in-law results in her death, George remains fiercely loyal to his mentor. But as suspicions of murder multiply and the true nature of his partner is revealed, he finds himself caught in a web of deceit…

A classic psychological thriller, Dr Angelus draws on James Bridie’s own background as a doctor and the true life case of Dr Edward Pritchard, the last person to be publicly hanged in Glasgow. Laced with gallows humour, Bridie’s surreal and sinister play asks what price the individual will pay if they speak out, and what is at stake if they do not.

Playwright, author, screenwriter and doctor, James Bridie was one of the founding fathers of modern Scottish theatre, and one of the West End’s most acclaimed dramatists of the 1930s and 1940s. His work has been unseen outside Scotland for many years, and has now been rediscovered by the Finborough Theatre. This marks the first production in England since its 1947 London premiere, starring Alastair Sim and George Cole.

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT JAMES BRIDIE

Playwright James Bridie (the pseudonym of Dr Osborne Henry Mavor) was born in Glasgow in 1888. He studied medicine at Glasgow University. His best known works include Tobias and the Angel (1930); The Anatomist (1931), Tyrone Guthrie’s first London production; A Sleeping Clergyman (1933), featuring a tour de force performance by Robert Donat; The King of Nowhere (1938), starring Laurence Olivier; Mr Bolfry (1943); Daphne Laureola (1949), a huge hit for Edith Evans and Peter Finch which ran for a year at the Wyndham's Theatre; and Mr Gillie (1950) featuring his regular collaborator Alastair Sim. He also wrote memoirs, adapted Ibsen, Molière and Chekhov and collaborated on three screenplays for Alfred Hitchcock: The Paradine Case (1947), Under Capricorn (1949) and Stage Fright (1950). His commitment to Scottish theatre included co-founding both the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, and the first school of drama in Scotland (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland). He was also instrumental in the creation of the Edinburgh Festival, and a tireless campaigner for a National Theatre for Scotland. He died in Edinburgh in 1951.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR JENNY OGILVIE

Director Jenny Ogilvie returns to the Finborough Theatre where she made her professional stage debut as an actor in Brad Fraser’s Wolfboy. Movement Direction in Theatre and Opera includes P’Yongyang, Somersaults and The Soft of Her Palm (Finborough Theatre), Lucia di Lammermoor (Buxton Opera House), The Seven Deadly Sins (Welsh National Opera and Cardiff University), Three Sisters (Southwark Playhouse) and assisting Imogen Knight on Little Revolution (Almeida Theatre). As an actor, Jenny has worked at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, Birmingham Rep, and in the West End; and on television and in film in The Crown, Grantchester, Silent Witness, Poirot and A Cock and Bull Story. She was nominated for the TMA Award for Best Performance in a Play in J.M. Barrie’s What Every Woman Knows at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester.

ABOUT THE PRODUCER

Robyn Bennett previously worked as an agent’s assistant before undertaking an Assistant Producer residency at Theatre503. Assistant Producing for Theatre503 includes Clickbait, Four Play, BU21, We Wait In Joyful Hope, Portia, Jelly Beans, The Games We Played, Grey Man and Screwed. Associate Producing includes Your Ever Loving (Theatre N16) and Screens (Theatre503). Producing includes The State We’re In and Rapid Write Response: BU21 (Theatre503). Robyn is currently Assistant Producer for Tara Finney Productions Ltd.’s Autumn season 2016, and has just been longlisted for the OV12 Producers.

ABOUT THE CAST

Alex Bhat | Dr George Johnson

Trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Theatre includes Henry V (Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park), French Without Tears (Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond) and Young Bloods (RADA Festival).
Film includes Halo: Nightfall.
Television includes War and Peace, Chewing Gum and Fungus the Bogeyman.

Lesley Harcourt | Mrs Irene Corcoran

Theatre includes Roaring Trade (Park Theatre), The Collector (Edinburgh Festival and Arcola Theatre), Foreplay, nominated for Best Female Performance nomination in the OffWestEnd Awards (King’s Head Theatre), White Rose (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, and Tron Theatre, Glasgow), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, Nottingham Playhouse and National Tour), This is Ceilidh! (Edinburgh Festival), The Mercy Seat (Theatre Royal York), Being Norwegian and Her Big Chance (Wynd Theatre, Melrose), Blithe Spirit (English Theatre, Vienna) and Joking Apart (Northcott Theatre, Exeter).
Film includes Ghost Stories and William and Catherine: A Royal Romance.
Television includes Coronation Street, EastEnders, No Code, Castles in the Sky and Casualty and regular roles in Taggart and Doctors.

Vivien Heilbron | Mrs Margaret Angelus

Theatre includes A Streetcar Named Desire and Gaslight (Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh), The Aspern Papers (Wyndham’s Theatre), The Beggars Opera, Engaged, Cerceau and Cat with the Green Violin (Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond) and Bedfellows (Scottish National Tour).
Film includes Kidnapped and The Sea Change.
Television includes Rachel in the BBC serialisation The Moonstone for which she received an Emmy nomination, Grandpa In My Pocket, Sunset Song, Midsomer Murders, The Key, Poirot, Hetty Wainthrop Investigates, House of Elliott and Taggart. Radio includes Complete Works of Robert Burns, Black Wednesday, Bunn and Co, The Gypsy, A Meeting in Seville, Something Understood and The Lifted Veil.
Audiobooks include Viral and Secrets of a Family Album.
Direction includes the opera La Serva Padrona (Gabrieli Consort and Players).

Rosalind McAndrew | Miss Janet McAdam

Trained at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.
Theatre includes Wasting my Womb (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh), Better Together (Brockley Jack Studio Theatre), Debutantes (Edinburgh Festival and Stockholm Festival) and We Are Not Good People (Stockholm Festival). Theatre whilst training includes An Ideal Husband, An Absolute Turkey, Harvest, Two and Richard III.

Malcolm Rennie | Sir Gregory Butt / Inspector McIvor

Born and brought up in Aberdeen, Malcolm trained at Central School of Speech and Drama where he won the John Gielgud Scholarship and the Associated Redifussion Scholarship.
Malcolm has performed in over twenty West End productions including Catch My Soul, She Stoops to Conquer, The Good Companions, Salad Days, The Price, The Cabinet Minister, Lady Windermere's Fan, Hard Times and The Chiltern Hundreds. Theatre elsewhere includes seasons at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, Haymarket Theatre, Leicester, Birmingham Rep, Bristol Old Vic, West Yorkshire Playhouse, The Young Vic, The Old Vic, Chichester Festival Theatre and Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough. Extensive national and international touring includes a year playing Phillip Schofield's father Jacob in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (The Really Useful Company), and a further year in the world tour of Peter Brook's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream (Royal Shakespeare Company). Recent theatre includes Sir Anthony Absolute in The Rivals (Salisbury Playhouse), Antonio Salieri in Amadeus (Theatre Royal York), Bartolo in The Barber of Seville (Bristol Old Vic) Colonel Pickering in My Fair Lady (International Tour), Willy Clarke in The Sunshine Boys (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Arthur Conan Doyle in Nostalgia (Theatre Royal Plymouth), Harry in Come Blow Your Horn, Jaggers in Great Expectations for which he was nominated for a Manchester Evening News Best Supporting Actor Award, Spettigue in Charley's Aunt (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester), Svietlovidoff in Swan Song (The Print Room), and most recently, on tour and in London, playing Harry McNish in the one man play Shackleton's Carpenter by Gail Louw (New Vic Productions).
Film includes Ransom, The Accountant, Now Retired, and, most recently, Hysteria.
Television includes four series of Mr Selfridge, Sherlock, Coronation Street, Midsomer Murders, Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married, Highlander, Jewels, Taggart, Pride and Prejudice, King's Royal, Cloud Howe, Strathblair, The Lenny Henry Show, Sunny Stories, Monarch of the Glen, Doctors, The Bill, Losing It, Never Better, Monday Monday and The Death Penalty On Trial.
Radio includes the Sony Best Radio Actor award for Nicola Jonson (Capital Radio).

David Rintoul | Dr Cyril Angelus

Theatre includes Nell Gwynn (Shakespeare’s Globe and Apollo Theatre), Remembrance of Things Past, The World Turned Upside Down, The Trojan War Will Not Take Place, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Rivals (National Theatre), Edward III, The Roaring Girl, The White Devil, The Witch of Edmonton, The Taming of the Shrew, Breakfast with Mugabe, The American Pilot, Keepers of the Flame, The Island Princess and the National Tour of Henry IV: Parts I and II (Royal Shakespeare Company), Oberon and Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Shakespeare Company and Garsington Opera), The Speculator (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh), Richard II and Richard III (Phoenix Theatre), As You Like It and Map of the Heart (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Big Fella (Out of Joint), Anderson’s English (Out of Joint and Hampstead Theatre), Gaslight and Phaedra for which David received a TMA Best Actor Nomination (Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh), Dirty Dancing (Aldwych Theatre), Putting It Together (Chichester Festival Theatre), The White Devil, Infidelities (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith), An Ideal Husband (The Old Vic), Macbeth (The Old Vic National Tour), Etta Jenks and Sergeant Ola and his Followers (Royal Court Theatre), John Bull (Bristol Old Vic), As You Like It (Birmingham Rep), The Conspirators, Myth, Propaganda and Disaster in Nazi Germany and Contemporary America, Little Eyolf and Absolute Hell (Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond), Funny Girl (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield) and extensive work Joint Stock appearing in the original productions of Fanshen, Speakers, Epsom Downs and Yesterday’s News.
Film includes The Iron Lady, My Week with Marilyn, Unrelated (International Critic Award at the London Film Festival), The Ghost Writer, Ironclad II, Anybody There? and Agent Hamilton.
Television includes Game of Thrones, Muncie, Silk, The Bible, Injustice, Private Practice, Midsomer Murders, Pride and Prejudice, Taggart, The Cherry Orchard, Hornblower, Poirot: Mysterious Affair, Sweet Medicine and Doctor Finlay in STV series Doctor Finlay.
David has worked extensively in radio, cartoons and video games and has recorded over 200 audio books.

THE PRESS ON DR ANGELUS

“A splendid evening…James Bridie was once a power in the theatre, but is long forgotten and this revival at the Finborough reveals just how good he was and is another addition to its record of rediscovering “lost” plays and playwrights…The Finborough’s decision to look again at Bridie is fully justified.” William Russell, Reviewsgate

“Scottish playwright James Bridie had a string of West End hits in the 1930s and 1940s, but this is the first English production of Dr Angelus since its premiere starring Alastair Sim and George Cole in 1947…Part psychological thriller, part black comedy.” Neil Dowden, The Stage

“In an era of rapid change and an increasingly homogenised theatre scene, an old-fashioned tale with a penetrating understanding and a rollicking plot may be just the ticket for the West End’s next big production.” Stuart McMillan, The Upcoming

“Dr Angelus deserves to be seen by a much bigger audience than its present run at the Finborough will permit.” Robert Tanitch, Mature Times

“The play is darkly funny with more than a touch of gallows humour.” Carolin Kopplin, UK Theatre Network

“Eerie, occasionally taut with tension.” Gary Naylor, Broadwayworld.com

“Plenty of laughs in what is a genuinely dark tale.” Stuart McMillan, The Upcoming

“Infused with witty one-liners and impressive performances…The moral message of “Dr Angelus” is timely.” Annie Power, London Pub Theatres

“Bridie’s lost play is in fact a classic, and highly timely.” Stuart McMillan, The Upcoming

“Excellent performances from a hardworking cast. Rintoul brings an enjoyable gravitas to our titular character, making him fun but dangerous.” Rob Ellis, A Younger Theatre

“David Rintoul is charming, devious, and dangerous by turn.” William Russell, Reviewsgate

“David Rintoul gives an outstanding performance.” Neil Dowden, The Stage

“David Rintoul's Angelus starts pompously verbose, but the twinkle in his eye soon acquires an evil glint as his ego - as ever not far from the surface in a man of medicine - overpowers any residual morality left in his soul.” Gary Naylor, Broadwayworld.Com

“David Rintoul gives an exceptional performance.” Annie Power, London Pub Theatres

“A tour-de-force performance by David Rintoul.” Carolin Kopplin, UK Theatre Network

“Alex Bhat makes his character suitably earnest.” Philip Fisher, British Theatre Guide

“A consummately convincing Alex Bhat.” Chris Omaweng, London Theatre 1

“Malcolm Rennie steals every scene in which he plays.” Philip Fisher, British Theatre Guide

“Malcolm Rennie as Inspector MacIvor was masterful.” Annie Power, London Pub Theatres

“Malcolm Rennie steals all his scenes.” Gary Naylor, Broadwayworld.Com

“A lovely double turn from Malcolm Rennie.” William Russell, Reviewsgate

“Vivian Heilbron does a star turn as Mrs Angelus, a fascinating study of domestic oppression.” Stuart McMillan, The Upcoming

“Some terrific performances from a great cast.” Rob Ellis, A Younger Theatre

“Jenny Ogilvie’s entertaining production.” Neil Dowden, The Stage

“Director Jenny Ogilvie does a fine job.” Rob Ellis, A Younger Theatre

“Jenny Ogilvie's exciting production.” Carolin Kopplin, UK Theatre Network

TICKETS AND TIMES

Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, 27, 28, 29 November, 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 December 2016

Sunday and Monday evenings at 7.30pm. Tuesday matinees at 2.00pm.

Performance Length: 2 hours with one interval of 15 minutes.

Tickets £18, £16 concessions

(Group Bookings - 1 free ticket for every 10 tickets booked.)

Full booking information

For details of our Returns Policy for sold out performances, please click here

PLEASE NOTE THAT LATECOMERS CANNOT BE ADMITTED AND TICKETS CANNOT BE EXCHANGED OR REFUNDED.

Directed by Jenny Ogilvie

Designed by Tina Torbey

Lighting by Marec Joyce

Sound by Chris Drohan

Costume Design by Tina Torbey

Presented by Robyn Bennett in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre.

ALEX BHAT

LESLEY HARCOURT

VIVIEN HEILBRON

ROSALIND MCANDREW

MALCOLM RENNIE

DAVID RINTOUL