NEWS: Orson Welles’ First Play to Premiere at White Bear Theatre

The White Bear Theatre is to present Brice Stratford’s world premiere production of Orson Welles first play, Bright Lucifer, from the 8th November until the 3rd December it has been announced. 

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Jack Flynn’s in movies – “creature features” – quite the celebrity so far as men in rubber masks go. Celebrity enough that when his wife disappears in a flurry of sex scandals and drug parties his face ends up on front pages. On the verge of a nervous breakdown Jack retreats from the world with his brother Bill to an isolated family cabin, planning a long weekend of whisky, fishing and brotherly love. All doesn’t go to plan. As the brothers descend into madness and paranoia, only one question matters; who or what is Eldred Brand?

Orson Welles began to write Bright Lucifer when he was just sixteen years old. The play has elements of incest, paedophilia, whisky, God, the Devil, death, illusion, monsters, murder, love, hate, and everything in-between.

The play has only recently been rediscovered, and is now being professionally produced for the very first time – with the approval of the Welles estate.

Brice Stratford founded the Owle Schreame theatre company in 2008, with whom he produced, directed and performed in the world premieres of Honoria and Mammon by James Shirley (1659) and the Unfortunate Mother (1640); the first uncut, modern performances of Bussy D’Ambois by George Chapman (1603) and Ralph Roister Doister by Nicholas Udall (1553); and the first major revival of the illegal 17th century “droll” comedies at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Bright Lucifer will play at the White Bear Theatre from the 8th November until the 3rd December. For more information and to book tickets visit:

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