Waste at the National Theatre

National Theatre, Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PX

Waste at the National Theatre.

Famously banned by the censors in 1907, Harley Granville Barker’s controversial masterpiece gathers a large ensemble to expose a cut-throat, cynical world of sex, sleaze and suicide amongst the political elite of Edwardian England.

Directed by Roger Michell, Harley Granville Barker’s Waste plays at the National Theatre from 3 November 2015 until 19 March 2016.

THE STORY

Backstage at a hung parliament, visionary Independent Henry Trebell is co-opted by the Tories to push through a controversial Bill. Pursuing his cause with missionary zeal, he’s barely distracted by his brief affair with a married woman until she suffers a lethal backstreet abortion. Threatened by public scandal, the Establishment closes ranks and coolly seals the fate of an idealistic man.

CAST

Charles Edwards leads the cast, which also includes William Chubb, Christopher Birch, Hubert Burton, Martin Chamberlain, Michael Elwyn, Laura Fitzpatrick, Tom Forrister, Andrew Havill, Paul Hickey, Louis Hilyer, Ian Jervis, Fleur Keith, Sylvestra Le Touzel, Gerrard McArthur, Doreen Mantle, Emerald O’Hanrahan, Stephen Rashbrook, Lucy Robinson, Claire Vousden and Olivia Williams

CREATIVE

Roger Michell directs with designs by Hildegard Bechtler, lighting by Rick Fisher and sound by John Leonard.

REVIEWS

★★★★ ‘Remarkable. Charles Edwards is superb.’ The Guardian
★★★★ ‘Sex, sleaze and hypocrisy. A very stylish production.’ The Times