Soho Theatre and HighTide Festival Theatre

Pastoral

  • By Thomas Eccleshare
  • Wed 15 May - Sat 8 June, 7.30pm (Sat matinees 3pm)
  • Wed 15 May - Sat 8 Jun £12.50 - £22.50

‘A masterclass in how to deliver imaginative new writing.’ ★★★★ Telegraph

‘Quirky, original… a black, surreal comedy… directed with spark by Steve Marmion.’
★★★★ Guardian

Pastoral

‘A splendid piece.’ ★★★★ Times

‘Funny and engaging.’ ★★★★ Metro

‘Full of bleak poetry and hilarious stage action.’ ★★★★ Independent

“They first noticed it a few weeks ago, creeping round the war memorial and through the crack outside Subway. Just little weeds at first, little sprouts. Herbs and reeds and wild mushrooms. It’s amazing how quickly they’re growing.”

Moll thinks she’s going on holiday but something more sinister is afoot. As menacing cats and strutting voles advance, a dangerously fertile countryside just keeps on growing – humanity is on the brink.

A darkly funny, powerful and highly original first play by Thomas Eccleshare, the winner of the Verity Bargate Award, starring Anna Calder-Marshall (In The Republic of Happiness, Royal Court Theatre; Salt, Root & Rose, Trafalgar Studios; The House of Bernarda Alba, The Royal Exchange).

The Verity Bargate Award is Soho Theatre’s national competition for the best new play by an emerging writer.

Directed by Soho Theatre Artistic Director Steve Marmion.

Free post-show talks

Steve Marmion (Soho Theatre Artistic Director, and director of Pastoral) and Thomas Eccleshare (Writer of Pastoral and winner of the VBA 2011) host a series of post show talks. Call our box office on 020 7478 0100 to book a free ticket for a talk.

Sat 1 June, 5pm
Join Steve and Thomas for a Q&A after the show.
Book here

Mon 3 June, 9.15pm
A discussion on writing big ideas for the small stage

Age 15+

Tickets

Wed 15 May – Fri 24 May: £15 (£12.50)
Matinees: £12.50 (£10)

Sat 25 May – Thu 30 May: £20 (£17.50)
Matinees: £15 (£12.50)

Fri 31 May – Sat 1 June: £22.50 (£20)
Matinee: £15 (£12.50)

Mon 3 June – Wed 5 June: £20 (£17.50)

Thu 6 June – Sat 8 June: £22.50 (£20)
Thursday matinee: £15 (£12.50)
Saturday matinee: £20 (£17.50)

CAPTIONED Performance: Thu 23 May, 7.30pm

AUDIO DESCRIBED Performance Thu 30 May, 7.30pm

QUO VADIS PRE SHOW DINING
Planning your evening at Soho Theatre and not sure where to eat before seeing Pastoral? The excellent Quo Vadis restaurant, next door to us on Dean Street has a delicious, pre show menu at 5.30pm (or 1pm before matinees), £17.50 for 2 courses or £20 for 3 courses for performances starting at 7.30pm. Take a look at the sample menu to the right, book Quo Vadis Meal Deal tickets online or call us on 020 7478 0100.

‘A masterclass in how to deliver imaginative new writing.’ ★★★★ Telegraph

‘Quirky, original… a black, surreal comedy… directed with spark by Steve Marmion.’ ★★★★ Guardian

‘A splendid piece.’ ★★★★ Times

‘Funny and engaging.’ ★★★★ Metro

‘Full of bleak poetry and hilarious stage action.’ ★★★★ Independent

‘Wondrous to behold… immensely moving.’ ★★★★ WhatsOnStage

‘Eccleshare’s spot-on script is packed full of beautifully observed characters… Touching and deceptively moving.’ ★★★★1/2 The Public Reviews

Cast

Mr Plumb
Nigel Betts
Moll
Anna Calder-Marshall
Ocado Man
Bill Fellows
Arthur
Polly Frame
Hardy
Richard Riddell
Bride
Carrie Rock
Mrs Plumb
Morag Siller
Manz
Hugh Skinner

Creative team

Writer
Thomas Eccleshare
Director
Steve Marmion
Designer
Michael Vale
Lighting Designer
Philip Gladwell
Music and Sound
Tom Mills
Assistant Director
Charlotte Bennett