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Neverwhere

Description

Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but demanding fiancee. Then one night he stumbles across a girl bleeding on the sidewalk. He stops to help her - and the life he knows vanishes like smoke.

Several hours later, the girl is gone too. And by the following morning Richard Mayhew has been erased from his world. His bank cards no longer work, taxi drivers won't stop for him, his landlord rents his apartment out to strangers. He has become invisible, and inexplicably consigned to a London of shadows and darkness, a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations. He has fallen through the cracks of reality and has landed somewhere different, somewhere that is Neverwhere.

For this is the home of Door, the mysterious girl whom Richard rescued in the London Above. A personage of great power and nobility in this murky, candlelit realm, she is on a mission to discover the cause of her family's slaughter, and in doing so preserve this strange underworld kingdom from the malevolence that means to destroy it. And with nowhere else to turn, Richard Mayhew must now join the Lady Door's entourage in their determined - and possibly fatal - quest.

For the dread journey ever-downward - through bizarre anachronisms and dangerous incongruities, and into dusty corners of stalled time - is Richard's final hope, his last road back to a "real" world that is growing disturbingly less real by the minute.

Cast & Crew

Full cast list (in alphabetical order):

Penny Brown

Layla Davies

Rachel Clements

Sol Cotton

Ruth Coulson

Molly Ehrenberg Peters

Charlotte Forrester

Flynn Greenwood 

Sophie Holdsworth

Georgie Jessop

Rachel Jowett 

Olivia McConnell 

Colette McNulty 

Jack Prince 

Joanne Rogers 

Abigail Rolt 

Charles Royle 

Chris Rhodes

Daniel Russell

George Seabourne

Robin Simnett

Jonathan Stewart 

Josephine Tomlinson

Sam Wharvell 

Jujin Whippey

Tom Willsher

Crrrpllrrr/Puppeteer

Hunter

Sylvia

Marquis de Carabas

Estate Agent

Lamia

Fortune Teller

Lord Rat Speaker

Earl's Retainer

Jessica

Old Bailey

Station Announcer

Door

Mr Vandemar

Anaesthesia

Rat Speaker

Mr Croup

Richard Mayhew

Master Longtail/Puppeteer

Tooley

Abbot

Varney

The Angel Islington

Gary

Brother Sable

The Earl of Earl's Court

Directed by: Gillie Kerrod & Stephen Finegold

Choreography by: Katie Allcott & Daniel Cox (assistant)

Puppets by: Jenny Birch

Fight Director: Ian Stapleton & Stephen Finegold

Lighting by: Matt Blackmore

Sound by: Richard Olive

Set by: Tony Clark

Props by: Jenny Birch

Costume by: Adelle Beswick, Josephine Finegold & Alison Roberts

Performed: 19th - 21st March 2015

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