'Tis Pity She’s a Whore

John Ford

23rd August - 10th September

Tristan Bates Theatre

“This production of 'Tis Pity She’s a Whore is recommended for audience member of the age of 12 and upwards. It contains scenes of a violent and sexual nature.”


Ferocious, murderous and bloody. Love will not conquer all. Love will destroy all.


John Ford’s masterpiece follows two young lovers, Annabella and Giovanni, caught in the grip of sexual adventure and discovery. But their love is damned and their sex is a sin; they are Brother and Sister. When the siblings’ love is discovered - their world is changed forever.


This startlingly, provocative play comes to the stage in an all-new, ravishingly decedent, ensemble production. 'Tis Pity, marks our return to The Tristan Bates Theatre after our sell out productions of Tamburlaine in 2015 and Coriolanus / Troilus and Cressida in 2014.


★★★★★ “A landmark production for a groundbreaking company… 

Dynamic, daring, and downright deranged, Lazarus pump new energy and zeal into the infamous 'Tis a Pity She’s a Whore” 

J Waygood, Grumpy Gay Critic

Cast and Creative

Tis Pity Production shots by Adam Trigg

Cast;

Annabella – Lucy Walker-Evans

Giovanni – Prince Plockey

Bonaventura / Cardinal – Edward Boon

Soranzo – Alexander Shenton

Florio – Alexander Allin

Donado – RJ Seeley

Bergetto – Luke Dunford

Richardetto – Nick Biadon

Vasques – Stephen MacNeice

Hippolita – Sasha Wilson

Philotis – Valerie Isaiah

Putana – Steph Reynolds


Creative; 

Written by John Ford

Adapted and Directed by Ricky Dukes

Designed by Sorcha Corcoran

Costume Design by Isobel Pellow

Lighting Design by Jai Morjaria

Sound Design by Chris Drohan

Fight Direction by Jonathan Holby

Dramaturge – Sara Reimers

Associate Director – Gavin Harrington-Odedra

Assistant Director – Grace Joseph

Stage Manager – Jodie Day

Company Manager – Ina Berggren

Company Photographer – Adam Trigg

Production Graphic Designer – Will Beeston

#TisPity #JohnFord

Catch up with the cast in rehearsal with the #TisPity rehearsal room blog, here.

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★★★★ “I stand by my previous assertion: there ain't no party like a Lazarus party… Big, bold and mesmerising, this company simply doesn't do low key” 

Views from the Gods

Mr John Ford

Box Office

John Ford was born Devon in 1586; he is best-known for a trio of plays all published in 1633 these are ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore, TheBroken Heart and Perkin Warbeck. 1633 is eight years into the reign of Charles I and only nine years before the closure of the theatres at the outbreak of Civil War, making Ford one of the last major writers in what is arguably the most significant stretch of dramatic achievement in British history.

Dates 23rd August - 10th September, Monday – Saturday 8.00pm

Venue The Tristan Bates Theatre.

Tickets £16.00, £12.50 (Concessions) £10 (Previews)

To Book www.tristanbatestheatre.co.uk

PRESS AND OPENING NIGHT 25th August 2016

Closes Saturday 10th September

★★★★ “If you’re going to tackle a controversial story, the best way to do it is to make no apology and to throw everything at your audience. That’s precisely what Lazarus Theatre Company achieve with their take on it” 

Greg Jameson, Entertainment Focus

The Camden Fringe

Taboos of the Stage Q&A

The Camden Fringe is a performing arts festival, established in 2006, which takes place in Camden during August. 

The Camden Fringe aims to give anyone the chance to perform and showcase their talents, from very experienced performers and companies, to ambitious newcomers. 
Find out more about The Camden Fringe 

Chaired by Terri Paddock, the panel were Timothy Sheader (Open Air Theatre, Regents Park), Sonia Massai (Editor of the Arden Early Modern Drama edition of Tis Pity She's a Whore), Edith Hall (Professor in the Classics Department and Centre for Hellenic Studies at King's College London) and Ricky Dukes (Lazarus Artistic Director and Director of Tis Pity)
To listen to the podcast click here


Edith Hall on the origins of 'Tis Pity...

Professor Edith Hall takes a look at the classical origins of 'Tis Pity She's a Whore and "Stage Taboos" here.

★★★★ “Stunning choreography…An intense and fascinating production” 

Chris Omaweng, London Theatre1

'Tis Pity Shes's a Whore in the press...

Entertainment Focus  ★★★★ Tis Pity Review

London Theatre1  ★★★★ Tis Pity Review

View from the Gods   ★★★★ Tis Pity Review

Grumpy Gay Critic ★★★★★ Tis Pity Review


London Theatre Guide announce Tis Pity...

UK Theatre Network announces Tis Pity She's a Whore

Act Drop give our Tis Pity a shout out

The Touchstone project at Birmingham University 

Terri Paddock announces Tis Pity Q&A "Stage Taboos" 

Entertainment Focus announcing our John Ford epic

BroadwayWorld announcing Tis Pity

Shots by Adam Trigg