Scenes From An Execution - Lyttelton Theatre, National

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Venue Information
Lyttelton Theatre, National

Lyttelton Theatre, National
South Bank

Seating Plan


(10mins) Follow signs for exits to the South Bank. This should lead you to an underground pedestrian passage called ‘Sutton Walk’ that emerges at the South Bank. Turn right and walk along the river Thames until you see the National Theat

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Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars based on 2 review(s)


Latest Review: "It is considered a "difficult" and "challenging" play but this production rea..."

The Lyttelton National Theatre in London welcomes “Scenes From An Execution” this September and it promises to be a high profile production for a very good reason. The show is a piece from the playwright Howard Barker and any fan of his work will be aware that the venue has never previously displayed any of his works, despite the long list of credits to his name that extend back to the early 1970s.

The play is “Scenes from an Execution” and it sees Fiona Shaw take on the role of Galactica, a 16th century artist from Venice who protests against a new project bestowed upon her that requires her to depict a recent victory in battle in a painting. Instead of producing their desired work, her piece instead depicts the brutal realities of war, shocking those that see it.

This compelling narrative ensures that this is one of Barker’s stand-out plays and this is in the context of a long line of pieces that have appeared over the decades. His best known work is the adaptation of Thomas Middleton’s “Women Beware Women”, whilst addition credits include “Judith: A Parting from the Body”, “Gertrude: The Cry”, “The Dying of Today” and “A Wounded Knife”, among others.

So in a year that also brings “Damned by Despair” to the Olivier National Theatre, “Scenes from an Execution” appears on the Lyttelton stage at South Bank from Thursday 4th October 2012 (previews begin on Thursday 27th September 2012).

Show Information
Booking From: Friday, 30th November 2012
Booking Until: Sunday, 9th December 2012
Matinees: Thursday and Saturday 2.15pm and Sunday 3pm
Evenings: Monday to Saturday 7.30pm
Running Time: 2 hours 35 minutes
Show Status: production_closed
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