Park Theatre presents the UK premiere of

Building the Wall

By Robert Schenkkan

Directed by Jez Bond 
Production supported by Park Theatre's Producers' Circle 

Cast: Angela Griffin and Trevor White 

Offie Nominated - Best Male Performance - Trevor White 

Offie Nominated - Lighting Design - Sally Ferguson 

 

★★★★ 'bold and breathless
The Stage

 

★★★★★ 'sharp and thrilling'
Entertainment Focus

 

★★★★ 'a powerful play'
West End Wilma

 

★★★★ 'engrossing'
The Arts Desk

 

★★★★★ 'brilliant'
Pocket Sized Theatre
★★★★★ 'captivating'
Theatre News

 

 

America, 2019. A President impeached. In a world of 'fake news', can anyone admit the truth?

2019, America. Rick is incarcerated awaiting sentencing for the crime of the century. He grants just one interview – to Gloria, an African American historian. In a world of ‘fake news’ surrounding one of the world’s most powerful and controversial political figures, Gloria is Rick’s only chance to tell his version of the truth.

Building the Wall examines what happens when an ordinary person becomes a cog in a regime and how the inconceivable becomes the inevitable.

The UK premiere of this cutting and timely new drama is as hot as the US political debate that fills our news feeds. Don’t miss this gripping political thriller from Robert Schenkkan, a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright and Academy award nominee (Hacksaw Ridge). 

Angela Griffin (Lewis, Brief Encounters, Ordinary Lies) plays Gloria, Trevor White (The Durrells, Dark Knight Rises, Jason Bourne films) plays Rick.

 

Please note: There is a strict no latecomers policy on this performance. Ensure that you arrive in good time as the show will start promptly.

 

We will also be hosting a special 5th Birthday Gala performance of Building the Wall - click here for more info.

 

'A binge-worthy, 80-minute box-set of a show. If Netflix did theatre...' ★★★★ The Stage

'80 taut minutes that unwind like a coiled spring in Jez Bond’s lean production... Trump, on the other hand, might want to give this one a miss when he visits London.' The Times

'Jez Bond's direction is lean, punchy and never relents' WhatsOnStage

'A chilling dystopian drama' The Guardian

'An unsparing, high drama play' Time Out

'This is a smart, sharp and thrilling play, executed in perfect detail'  ★★★★★ Entertainment Focus

'A dramatic thought-provoking and highly entertaining drama which is wonderfully and convincingly acted by White and Griffin.' ★★★★★ Pocket Sized Theatre

'This play is an absolute must. A masterful piece of theatre that leaves the audience thinking and worrying.' ★★★★★ Theatre News

'A powerful play that provokes in the unsettling tradition of George Orwell, Margaret Atwood, and latterly Black Mirror... ·this is a production that will stay with you' ★★★★ West End Wilma

'Superb' ★★★★ Ham & High 

'Jez Bond’s impeccable production does not miss a beat' Camden New Journal

'Jez Bond directs the UK premiere of ‘Building the Wall’ flawlessly' ★★★★ Spy In The Stalls

'A tautly plotted political chamber piece that unfolds like a tightly wound spring... tense and electric' ★★★★ London Culture Blog

'Intelligently-written, thought-provoking theatre at its best... essential viewing' ★★★★ Playhouse Pickings

Schenkkan’s ‘writing brilliantly expounds the realms of bitterness and shame internalised by Rick’ ★★★★ The Arts Desk

'A play well worth seeing' ★★★★ Morning Star

'You simply cannot switch off or even onto standby for a moment' ★★★★ Upstaged Arts

'Jez Bond's direction is crisp and lucid... utterly compelling' The America

An 'uncomfortable, attention-grabbing piece of theatre that its powder keg premise warrants.' Reviews Hub