Earthquakes in London
by Mike Bartlett

Tuesday 22nd - Saturday 26th August at 7.30pm @ BLT (note earlier start time)

Wednesday 30th August - Saturday 2nd September at 7pm @ BOAT (gates open at 6pm for picnics)

It’s Cabaret, we’ve got our heads down and we’re dancing and drinking as fast as we can. The enemy is on its way, but this time it doesn’t have guns and gas, it has storms and earthquakes, fire and brimstone....  I first read Earthquakes in London about 5 years ago - I knew that I would want to direct it someday and now that day is here! The writing, from the critically acclaimed Mike Bartlett (Charles III and Cock), is amazing and it tells the story of three sisters and their relationship with their estranged father, a scientist researching climate change.

This epic play ranges in time from 1968 to 2525, with music from Nick Cave, Arcade Fire, Coldplay, Portishead, Goldfrapp amongst others. The theme of the play is excess, with the world enjoying a glorious party as it hurtles towards a fate of global devastation due to climate change. Whilst the play does make a very serious point, along the way there is much to enjoy from the story with plenty of humour. It does have many shocking moments and there will be imagery and ideas that will stick in the mind and haunt you after the play is over, like it has me for the last five years.

I've been able to assemble a fantastic cast of 15, many of whom have to play multiple parts including song and dance numbers! They have worked extremely hard in intense rehearsals and have developed great and distinct characterisations. I have had brilliant support with this from Glenys Harries-Rees as Assistant Director.  The backstage team is equally strong. The dance and movement sequences have been expertly choreographed by Georgina Robinson. An enormous number and variety of costumes have been sourced by Margarita Steinberg and Eleanor Medhurst. Steve Evans and Josie Durand are my stage managers as well are appearing in the play and have to cope with a very demanding show. Tom Williams has painted a magnificent and bizarre set, Chris Smith has created a huge number of projection images and videos, Beverley Grover is using her amazing skills at lighting the show and Craig Flint will be operating it all which will be no mean feat!

All of this promises a rewarding, entertaining and thought-provoking evening of theatre.

Please note that this show is not suitable for a younger audience as it contains strong adult themes and a small amount of male and female nudity.

Also please note that the show start time at BLT is 7.30pm not the usual 7.45pm.

Steven Adams

Earthquakes in London opens on Tuesday 22nd August and runs through until Saturday 26th August at BLT and from 30th August – 2nd September at BOAT.  Tickets available in the usual ways, online here or via telephone on 0844 888 0432 for BLT performances and online at for BOAT performances.