Vincent in Brixton (2009)

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Nicholas Wright

Vincent In Brixton (2009)

The year is 1873. A young art dealer called Vincent Van Gogh arrives at 87 Hackford Road in Brixton looking for a room and looking for love. As Vincent settles in to his new lodging he finds himself inexplicably drawn to his grieving landlady Ursula with whom he starts a turbulent, secret relationship that will change his life forever.

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The year is 1873. A young art dealer called Vincent Van Gogh arrives at 87 Hackford Road in Brixton looking for a room and looking for love. As Vincent settles in to his new lodging he finds himself inexplicably drawn to his grieving landlady Ursula with whom he starts a turbulent, secret relationship that will change his life forever.

Set in a working, authentic kitchen the smells, sights and sounds of life in 87 Hackford Road are brought vividly to life, immersing the audience in a truly extraordinary theatrical experience. The play wrenches home the destructive power of love and art and the sacrifices made by those who create it. It begins as a straight-forward love story, but as the allusions between life at 87 Hackford Road and art intensify, the story turns into a tragic parable about the ruthless flame of art consuming all in its path.

Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate

Theatre Royal Windsor

Devonshire Park, Eastbourne

Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford

Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke

South Hill Park, Bracknell

“Brooding, malevolent, marvelous and magnificent…it is a work of art.”

Paul Thomas, Bucks Free Press


“Perfect Pitch…Lin Blakely, as Ursula, has to travel a million emotional miles during the course of the play and seizes the opportunity with relish.”

Francis Batt, Windsor Express


“It is rare to come across a show with such artistry, intelligence and talent and for that reason this is a must-see show. So far this is the play of the year and if patrons see nothing else this year, this is the show they need to see.”

>Paul Bowers, Farnham Herald


“A NO- TO-BE MISSED TREAT”

Roger Paine, Eastbourne Herald


“Expert comic timing belying the catastrophic effect”

Robert Cohen, The Argus


“Everything melded together to produce a powerful play”

Ros Collins, Surrey Advertiser


“This emotional and passionate work was truly a delight, and maybe urged the audience into further research of this priceless artist.”

Julie Watterson, The Stage


“This amazing play shows us the darker destructive side of love intertwined with love…a fantastic theatrical experience.”

Surrey & Hants Post & Gazette


“Mark Edel-Hunt gives an excellent performance as Vincent. His well-studied Dutch accent and strong characterisation is the lynchpin to the success of this production, as Edel-Hunt develops Vincent’s character from a young, excitable foreigner in London into the beginnings of the Van Gogh that history remembers.”

Martyn Jex, The Maidenhead Advertiser


Sam: Alastair Whatley

Eugenie: (until 30th May 2009) Amy Ellen Richardson

Eugenie: (from 1st June-28th June) Emma Vane

Ursula: Lin Blakley

Vincent: Mark Edel Hunt

Anna: Nicola Sangster

Directed by: Max Lewendel

Designed by: Christopher Hone

Produced by: Alastair Whatley

Costume by: Fiona Davis

Lighting by: Alan Valentine

Illustrations by: Laura Phillimore

Production shots: Jack Ladenburg

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