This is a play with a difference: Not only is there no script, every night a different guest is interviewed about his or her life while the performers spontaneously enact it as a piece of theatre.
When Tom Morris was enticed from his berth as head of the innovative Battersea Arts Centre in South London to join Nicholas Hytner's National Theatre team, part of his job was to bring in inventive companies usually more associated with the Fringe than the West End (Jerry Springer —The Opera started life at Morris's BAC before moving to Hytner's HQ).
The company was founded by Phelim McDermott, Lee Simpson, Julian Crouch and the producer Nick Sweeting. Probably its biggest hit to date was the cult hit Shockheaded Peter, and there are plans to premiere a new show, an adaptation of the 1970's MGM movie (which starred Vincent Price) "Theatre Of Blood."
First staged in the UK in 1998, Lifegame has since been seen in New York, San Diego and Brisbane. The cast includes Niall Ashdown, Angela Clerkin, Julian Crouch, Guy Dartnell, Stella Duffy, Phelim McDermott, Nick Powell, Lee Simpson and, of course, the guests. Devised by Keith Johnstone, McDermott and Simpson direct, with designs by Crouch and lighting by Colin Grenfell.
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