The Local Stigmatic at the Old Red Lion Theatre
Tom Phillips will present The Local Stigmatic, written by Heathcote Williams at the Old Red Lion Theatre in Angel, north London, from 3 to 28 May 2016.
"Graham and Ray are two working class sociopaths who idly spend their days gambling on the dogs, debating, bickering, and reading the newspaper gossip columns. A chance encounter with a mildly famous actor reveals their true psychotic nature as the pair begin to play a cruel and manipulative game. Misfits, disturbed, damaged and broken by their social boundaries, Graham and Ray then choose to take their animosity towards this individual to the very brink, culminating in a truly horrifying conclusion."
This dark comedy is described as a sinister, deeply disturbing study of psychosis, fame, obsession and envy which reveals an element of society and its fascination with ‘celebrity’, but also the resentment that it can provoke.
The play was first staged at The Traverse in Edinburgh in 1966 before transferring to The Royal Court Theatre. It was adapted into a film in 1990 starring Al Pacino, and this new production marks the show's 50th anniversary.
Tickets for the production are now on sale.