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Brimstone & Treacle

2 - 20 May 2017
The Hope Theatre

The Hope Theatre presents the 40th Anniversary Revival of Dennis Potter’s controversial masterpiece

“All I want is the England I used to know. The England I remember. 
I simply want the world to stop just where it is – and go back a bit.”

Intense and macabre, prophetic and darkly funny, Dennis Potter’s infamous play Brimstone and Treacle exposes the horror lurking in Middle England minds. Behind floral curtains, Mr and Mrs Bates care for their daughter, left injured and insensible following a car crash. A young visitor with a silver tongue crashes into their lives, but is he their saviour, a thief or the Devil himself?

Brimstone and Treacle was originally written as a BBC Play for Today in 1976, but was initially banned on it’s release due to its shocking and disturbing content; it had it’s first production in 1977 at the Sheffield Crucible. Today the work’s depiction of an England as a powder keg of prejudice and fear is more relevant than ever. Following a critically acclaimed and award-winning 2016 season of in-house productions The Hope Theatre (Fringe Theatre of the Year nominee, The Stage Awards) is proud to present the 40th anniversary production of this claustrophobic and divisive play to life with pitch-black humour and a whiff of sulphur.


Directed by The Hope Theatre’s Off West End Award winning Artistic Director Matthew Parker and designed by the award nominated Rachael Ryan, the cast features Olivia Beardsley (The Babadook), Stephanie Beattie, (Break A Leg Critics Choice Best Actress for Steel Magnolias), Fergus Leathem (Game of Thrones) and Paul Clayton (Peep Show, Him & Her). It follows Matthew’s hugely successful, award winning ★★★★★ in-house productions Lovesong of the Electric Bear (winner of 2 Off West End Awards; transferred to West End 2015), Sea Life (4 Off West End Award nominations), Steel Magnolias (Winner of 2 Break A Leg Critics Choice Awards inc Best Off West End Production) and Her Aching Heart (Best Play, Spy In The Stalls Awards and 3 Off West End Award nominations)

Read interviews on this production with Matthew here



  • Pattie: Olivia Beardsley
  • Mrs Bates: Stephanie Beattie
  • Bates: Paul Clayton
  • Martin: Fergus Leathem


  • Writer: Dennis Potter
  • Director: Matthew Parker
  • Designer: Rachael Ryan
  • Producer: Cas Hodges & David Ralf for The Hope Theatre
  • Lighting: Tom Kitney
  • Sound: Phil Matejtschuk
  • Stage Manager: Emily Humphrys