Killer Joe description
It's on at Trafalgar Studio 1. It stars the excellent Orlando Bloom, who delighted millions of film fans with his work in Pirates of the Caribbean and Lord of the Rings. Now he's back on the London stage. It's Killer Joe, and it's set to thrill, delight, terrorise and amuse discerning audiences from 18th May to 18th August 2018.
This is the latest generation of Tracy Letts' extraordinary, blackly funny piece, originally written as a play in 1993 before being turned into a film in 2011, with the delicious Matthew McConaughey in the starring role. Both won awards, and rightly so.
What's the story?
Bloom stars as the double-life genius Joe Cooper, a policeman by day and hired killer out of hours. It's an amazing piece of writing, plenty of rocket-fuelled drama combined with dark humour and a remarkably gritty main character.
The play also comments on the American dream, something very few achieve in real life and an idea that manages to effectively disenfranchise millions of ordinary people. As such it's about as different from Bloom's recent film roles as you can imagine, the very opposite of fun, light hearted entertainment and fantasy.
This year the play celebrates its quarter century anniversary, a great reason to resurrect it for a fresh, new audience keen to discover its wicked pleasures for themselves. The relationships it reveals, particularly that between innocent Dottie and evil Joe, are fascinating, disturbing and touching.
The play is directed by Simon Evans, who enjoyed smash hits with The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and The Best Man, and because it deals with adult themes it's suitable for people aged sixteen plus.
Playing at Trafalgar Studios (One)
Please note: this performance contains adult themes. Suitable for 16+
Please note: Orlando Bloom will NOT perform Monday 16 July – Saturday 21 July inclusive. At these performances James Groom will play the title role.
Mon - 19:30
Tue - 19:30
Wed - 19:30
Thu 14:30 19:30
Fri - 19:30
Sat 14:30 19:30
Sun - -
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