Riding the Midnight Express with Billy Hayes

Barbara Ligeti in association with Louise Chantal Productions presents

Riding the Midnight Express with Billy Hayes

  • Tue 1 - Sun 13 Apr, 7.30pm
  • Preview 1 Apr, £10. Tue - Thu, £15 (12.50). Fri - Sat, £20 (£17.50)

‘A SENSATIONAL STORY… Engrossing… Stirring!’ New York Times

‘It’s a remarkable, inherently theatrical tale, which Hayes articulates with great charm, humour and energy.’

‘Fascinating… Hayes has a gift.’ ★★★★ Exeunt

BILLY HAYES was arrested at the Istanbul airport in October 1970 with two kilos of hashish taped to his body. The Turkish High Court sentenced him to life in prison. In 1975 he escaped from Imrali Island Prison by rowing 17 miles across the open sea in a raging storm.

In 1976 Billy wrote Midnight Express, chronicling his time in prison and his brazen, harrowing escape. The book was published in 18 languages and in 1978, made into the iconic Oscar®winning movie. Billy Hayes became a modern-day mythical figure, his name known throughout the world.

After captivating audiences both at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and in his recent, limited engagement in New York City, Billy now recounts his riveting story for the first time on the London stage.

‘Prime edge-of-the-seat stuff!’

Written and performed by
Billy Hayes

Directed by
John Gould Rubin

For ages 16+
Running time: Approx 70 mins

If you are coming along to the show you can enjoy an excellent pre-theatre lunch or dinner at Quo Vadis restaurant, next door to us on Dean Street. They have a delicious pre show matinee menu at 1pm, or pre show evening menu at 5.30pm: £17.50 for 2 courses or £20 for 3 courses. Book Quo Vadis Meal Deal tickets online or call us on 020 7478 0100.

‘Fascinating… Hayes has a gift.’ ★★★★ Exeunt

‘A sensational story… There is intrinsic power in escape stories. Billy Hayes tells his own… Savor his engrossing tale. His sincerity is appealing – his desperate journey is stirring.’
The New York Times

‘It’s a remarkable, inherently theatrical tale, which Hayes articulates with great charm, humour and energy… Part memoir, part thriller, part philosophical contemplation of freedom, this absorbing story proves Hayes to be a fascinating character and charismatic storyteller.’

‘Prime edge-of-the-seat stuff.’

‘It’s just Hayes and his story up on stage. And he has a truly interesting story to tell…Fascinating.’

‘Spellbinding. Charismatic and believable Mr. Hayes is a master storyteller.’
Times Square Chronicles

‘Vivid and captivating.’
Theater Pizzazz!

‘A memorable evening of theater…’

‘Engrossing, compelling, profound and illuminating theatrical experience that will leave you uplifted and inspired. This is a performance not to be missed.’