Jermyn Street Theatre

The ESCAPE Season

By Howard Brenton

A World Premiere

Directed by Tom Littler
Set design: Cherry Truluck for Lucky Bert
Lighting design: William Reynolds
Costume design by Emily Stuart
Music and sound design: Max Pappenheim
Associate director: Stella Powell-Jones

Starring: Jasper Britton, Gala Gordon, Susannah Harker, Laura Morgan. 

“You – miserable, mean, scribbler of a man.  You’re quoting from that play you put me in.”

Howard Brenton’s new play tells the astonishing story of August Strindberg’s ‘Inferno’ period. For four years in fin-de-siècle Paris, Europe’s most famous playwright vanished. Most people thought he had gone insane. When he reappeared, his new plays changed theatre forever.

Abandoning theatre, living a life of squalid splendour, Strindberg practises alchemy. In his hotel room, he attempts to make gold by finding the philosopher’s stone, the secret of creation. As his grasp of reality weakens his first two wives visit him to bring him to his senses. But their interventions spin out of control. And – are they really his wives at all?

Multi award-winning playwright Howard Brenton has written numerous plays for the National Theatre, RSC, Shakespeare’s Globe, Hampstead Theatre and the Royal Court. He was also lead writer on the early seasons of Spooks (BBC). The Blinding Light was specially commissioned by Jermyn Street Theatre.

Director Tom Littler is Artistic Director of Jermyn Street Theatre. His previous productions of Howard Brenton’s Bloody Poetry and Dances of Death were highly acclaimed.

Show Times

Monday to Saturday 7.30pm. Saturday Matinees 3.30pm


100 tickets at £10 available for under-30s. Any performance until Saturday 16 September.
Bookable only by telephone – please bring proof of age to the performance.
£15 preview tickets Wednesday 6 September – Monday 11 September.
£20 concessions available until Saturday 23 September.
Concessions available to over-60’s, theatre unions (Equity, MU, SMA, SDUK, etc), unwaged, access, students.
Please note that after Saturday 23 September all tickets are full price.

ESCAPE Season Tickets cost £100 and include one ticket and a drink of your choice at all of The Blinding Light, Anything That Flies, Miss Julie, and The Hound of the Baskervilles. Bookable only via theatre box office (0207 287 2875)

(No tickets available on Tuesday 12th September.)