NEWS: Lyric Hammersmith Announce Full Casting For Revival of Accidental Death of an Anarchist

The production will run at the theatre from the 13th March until the 8th April.

The Lyric Hammersmith have announced the full casting for the upcoming revival of Dario Fo and Franco Rame’s Accidental Death of an Anarchist, the first in 20 years, in a new adaptation by comedian, writer and actor Tom Basden. It is a co-production between with Sheffield Theatres, in association with Playful Production.

Directed by Daniel Raggett, the London production will reunite all the cast who performed in the original run at Sheffield Theatres earlier this year. This includes: BAFTA Award winner Daniel Rigby who returns to the Lyric following the success of Noises Off, and is joined by Shane David-Joseph (Jerusalem)Tony Gardner (BBC’s Last Tango in Halifax), Jordan Metcalfe (Jack Absolute Flies Again), Ruby Thomas (Pride and Prejudice) and Howard Ward (Pride and Prejudice). 

An Anarchist has fallen to his death from a police station window. But did he jump or was he thrown?As the police prepare for an inquiry into the incident, an unhinged showman known only as the Maniac is arrested and brought into the station. Seizing the opportunity to put on a show, he leads the police in an absurd recreation of their version of events, exposing the cover-ups, corruption and profound idiocy of an institution in free-fall.

Dario Fo   was an Italian actor-author. His stage career began with political cabaret, moved on to one-act farces, and then to satirical TV and in Italy’s major theatres. In 1968, he broke with conventional theatre to set up a co-operative dedicated to producing politically committed work in what were then known as ‘alternative venues’. His best known work, including Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Mistero Buffo and Trumpets and Raspberries, dates from this period. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1997.

Franca Rame  founded the Theatre Company of Dario Fo Franca Rame alongside her husband in 1958 (Compagnia Teatrale Dario Fo Franca Rame). Her writing includes The Rape (1975), Open Couple (1983), Let’s Talk About Women (1991), Steal a Bit Less (1992), Sex? Don’t Mind if I Do (1996) and Mother Peace: Let Mothers Decide About War (2005).

Adaptor Tom Basden  is a three-time BAFTA-nominated writer. His work for theatre includes Party (Sydney Festival and Arts Theatre), Joseph K (Gate Theatre), There Is a War (National Theatre), Holes (Edinburgh Festival and The Arcola) and The Crocodile (Manchester International Festival). 

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