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Fri 29 September 2017
Sat 30 September 2017
Mercury Studio Theatre

Coronation Street’s Catherine Cusack (All That Fall, Broadway, Arts Theatre, Jermyn Street; Bingo, CFT & Young Vic) takes on the title role in a timely revival of Barker’s “short, sharp shocker of a play” (WhatsOnStage).

This firecracker adaptation reimagines the apocryphal legend of Judith – the daring widow who, on the night before battle, infiltrates the enemy camp with her Servant to seduce and kill the blood-crazed head of the invading army, Holofernes. Her land is at stake – but what of her heart and mind? In his radical reimagining of a legend, Barker lays bare the complex sacrifices of human beings at war.

This production ran for 4 weeks at the Arcola Theatre as part of a “★★★★ exhilarating and provoking” (The Stage) Howard Barker Double Bill, where it was described by audiences as “one of the best things on the London stage” and by the playwright as “dynamic, intensely-imagined, and chilling”.

With FREE post-show talk

About the playwright

Howard Barker has been acclaimed as “England’s greatest living dramatist” (The Times) and “the Shakespeare of our age” (Sarah Kane). His plays challenge, unsettle and expose with a vital energy, poetic language and vivid imagination. He directed the original Wrestling School production of JUDITH in 1997, and has described Robyn Winfield-Smith’s production as: “Dynamic, intensely-imagined, and chilling”.

A co-production between Lighthouse, Poole and REND Productions.




Make a night of it by booking a pre-show meal at Food @ the Mercury. Simply add either a two (£13.95) or three course (£15.95) meal to your basket along with your theatre tickets.

No need to choose what you are having in advance – simply select from the delicious options available on the night.

This show has been paired with our Mercury Primrose menu. Click here to take a look!

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