Philip Ridley's Ghost from a Perfect Place to Be Revived at London's Arcola; Cast Announced

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12 Aug 2014

Philip Ridley's Ghost from a Perfect Place, which premiered at London's Hamsptead Theatre in 1994, is to receive a 20th anniversary production at London's Arcola Theatre, beginning performances Sept. 11 prior to an official opening Sept. 15, for a run through Oct. 11.

Russell Bolam, who directed Ridley's Shivered at Southwark Playhouse in 2012, directs a cast led by Michael Feast and Sheila Reid, and also includes Florence Hall, Rachel Redford and Scarlett Brookes.

The play is described in press materials as "a scorchingly dark comedy, where a monster from the past meets the monsters of the present," exploring London's explosive gang culture with a particular focus on the experiences of young women. Back in the swinging sixties, Travis Flood led a gang that terrorized East London. Now, after an absence of many years, he returns to find his old turf in the clutches of a new kind of gang, with a new kind of leader. Rio, ruler of a vicious gang of girls, instantly captivates Travis with her haunting beauty. But when their paths cross, a shocking story begins to emerge - one that shatters both their distorted memories.

Feast was seen as Macduff in Rupert Goold's production of Macbeth in the West End and on Broadway. His extensive credits include The Tempest with John Gielgud as Prospero, No Man’s Land at the National Theatre and in the West End and productions of American Buffalo, Murder in the Cathedral, The Possessed, Carousel and Sexual Perversity in Chicago.

Reid is best known for her TV role of Madge in the ITV comedy "Benidorm." She has appeared regularly at the National Theatre, including productions of The Crucible and Three Sisters, directed by Laurence Olivier, The Way of The World, Othello, Hedda Gabler and the Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd. She was Jack's Mother in Sondheim's Into the Woods at the Donmar Warehouse and Queen Margaret in Richard III at the RSC. Her West End credits include Steaming, The Importance of Being Earnest and Martin Guerre.



To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7503 1646 or visit www.arcolatheatre.com.