A British Subject - Arts Theatre

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Arts Theatre

Arts Theatre
6-7 Great Newport Street

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(2mins) Take Cranbourn Street away from Leicester Square up to Great Newport Street on your left, where you can see the theatre.

A British Subject

The actress and writer Nichola McAuliffe brings “A British Subject” to the stage of the Arts Theatre, where audiences within the London theatre district will be able to witness a compelling and eye-opening production that has already been seen at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and on the other side of the Atlantic. The story is a real-life one and deals with themes such as international politics and civil liberties as a young man is held on death row shortly after arriving in Pakistan. McAuliffe also stars in the tense and extraordinary production, which is directed by Hannah Eidinow.

The British subject of the title is the 18-year-old Mirza Tahir Hussain and in the play we witness how he spent the same number of years on death row in Pakistan, condemned for the murder of a taxi driver. It was less than a day after he landed on Pakistani land that the driver was dead and he was tried for his murder and it would be some time before the Prince of Wales stepped in to secure his freedom. Along the way he was also visited by the Daily Mirror journalist Don Mackay, partner of writer McAuliffe.

Nichola McAuliffe has appeared in a wide range of television programmes over the years, whilst also working as a writer and as a contributor to the Daily Mail newspaper. For the stage her credits include “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” at the London Palladium and “Kiss Me Kate” for the Royal Shakespeare Company, which landed her a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical. She has also appeared in “Coronation Street” and “Doctor Who”.

Meanwhile director Hannah Eidinow’s work has also been previously seen in the capital, whether  it has been as assistant director of the Novello Theatre’s “As You Like It” in 2006 or more recent stints as director of the likes of “Pages: Promised Land” at The Union Theatre and “The Lady from the Sea” at the Arcola Theatre in 2008.

“A British Subject” appears at the Arts Theatre alongside other recently announced shows like The Killing Of Sister George and “A Dish of Tea with Dr Johnson”. It runs from Wednesday 2nd November 2011 to Saturday 26th November 2011.

Show Information
Booking From: Wednesday, 2nd November 2011
Booking Until: Saturday, 26th November 2011
Matinees: Thursday and Saturday 3pm
Evenings: Monday to Saturday 7.30pm
Running Time: 1 hour 20 minutes (no interval)
Show Status: production_closed
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