For Short. Theatre Company are delighted to announce the first London production of Elihu Winer's revolutionary play, Anatomy of a Murder. This gripping court room drama is to be performed in a sight-specific courthouse venue in Blackfriars. Performances will run from 3rd-29th June. Tickets go on sale today, Monday 11th March 2013, via www.forshorttheatre.com and The Pleasance Box Office.
Paul Biegler isn't looking forward to becoming a defence attorney but his first case is sensational: a Lieutenant is accused of murdering the bartender who allegedly raped his wife. It's a high-stakes battle of wit and determination as Biegler uses every device to save the officer's neck.
Initially released as a novel by Michigan Supreme Court Justice John D.Voelker under the pseudonym Robert Traver, Anatomy of a Murder was turned in to a critically acclaimed film starring James Stewart in 1959. An intense trial-based play, it is ideally suited to For Short.'s uniquely up-close style of performance.
For Short. are a young theatre troupe who turned to disused spaces when unable to afford more traditional theatrical venues. Through collaboration with property guardian companies, For Short. specialise in adopting pop-up locations for their charm and function to perform appropriate plays, letting art truly reflect life. They have received acclaim for their visceral staging of new and published works, including Dennis Kelly's Orphans and Martin McDonagh's The Lonesome West.
Anatomy of a Murder marks For Short.'s first production in the development of the company's Elevator platform scheme that aims to create industry opportunities for young and emerging talent in the UK. For Short. work under the official patronage of Simon Russell Beale and Mark Rylance, who has said of the company, "I applaud this new initiative. These artists are busy being born."
Anatomy of a Murder is being produced by For Short. Theatre Company in association with Pleasance Theatre Trust (http://pleasance.co.uk) and Sarah Stribley for SKS Productions, by kind permission of Samuel French Ltd. Audit House is being used by kind permission of 3Space (http://3space.org)
The production plays 3Space Hub Blackfriars, Audit House, 58 Victoria Embankment, London, EC4Y 0DS (Nearest Tube: Blackfriars). It runs 3 June 2013 - 29 June 2013, Tuesday - Saturdays, 7.30pm. Saturday & Sunday Matinees, 2.30pm. Press Night: 10 June 2013, 7pm.
Ticket Prices: £12 (£8 concessions). Box Office: 0207 609 1800. Website: www.forshorttheatre.com. Twitter: @ForShortTheatre.