Tom Greaves for Rooster Productions and Ellie Collyer-Bristow and Jane Lesley for MokitaGrit present
Four Nights in Knaresborough
by Paul Webb
‘far more Tarantino than T.S Eliot… Blackadder crossed with Reservoir Dogs… the subject matter is fascinating… astutely cast’ The Times
‘the atmosphere of abandonment and claustrophobia is well maintained throughout… the set was genuinely perfect… very enjoyable, a wicked sense of humour and satisfyingly ambitious’ British Theatre Guide
‘entertains throughout… superb use of music’ SE1
‘a surprising and gripping watch… Webb’s script is still sabre-sharp… it’s Lock Stock in medieval Yorkshire’ Exeunt
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Little is known about the most famous assassins in British history. In 1170, four knights left the court of Henry II. Four days later Archbishop Thomas Becket lay brutally murdered in Canterbury Cathedral. The knights fled north, holed up in Knaresborough Castle as the country teetered on the brink of revolution, and waited there in secret for a year.
For an event that altered British history so dramatically, much mystery still remains. Four Nights in Knaresborough explores just what might have happened on that day. What orders were really given to whom? Who stood to gain from the ‘accident’?
Set in a medieval world, full of dirt, sweat, blood and lust, part historical drama, part political thriller, part comedy – the play brings together these elements with a modern day sensibility which has more in common with Tarantino than Cadfael.
Originally produced in 1999 at the Tricycle Theatre, directed by Richard Wilson and starring Johnny Lee Miller, this newly revised version of the script by Hollywood scriptwriter Paul Webb will be premiered in Southwark – an area saturated in Becket history – for four weeks only.
Wednesday 3rd August 2011
Post-show discussion with Paul Webb and Seb Billings. Free to general public.
Playwright, Paul Webb and director Seb Billings, join the current cast of Four Nights in Knaresborough to discuss why the writing has evolved since its original outing at The Tricycle Theatre in 1999, how accurate the playwright has been to history and how the “modern” manifests itself in the play’s medieval world…