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Mercury Fur

In a lawless, apocalyptic London, two brothers survive by orchestrating the decadent fantasies of their rich and powerful clients.

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Mercury Fur

Date: 6 May 2019

Set in a post-apocalyptic version of London’s East End, where gang violence and drugs terrorise the community, the protagonists of Phillip Ridley’s controversial play are brothers Elliot and Darren, a new breed of party planner.

In a lawless, apocalyptic London, they survive by orchestrating the decadent fantasies of their rich and powerful clients.

The story begins when a last-minute change of plan leads to a race against the fading daylight for the brothers to prepare their latest party piece in time.

Mercury Fur is a play with a tumultuous and provocative reputation. “It is,” said Ridley, “a play about love. The things that happen in Mercury Fur are not gratuitous. They are heartbreaking”.

Nevertheless, Ridley’s publisher, Faber and Faber, refused to publish the script and the original London production received regular walkouts from audience members. One critic described it as “poisonous”.

Danny Ball, Meg Clarke, Jack Walton, Michael McStay, Janet Anderson, Romy Bartz, Joshua McElroy and Lucia May feature in this production. Kim Hardwick directs.

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