by Sophie Treadwell
directed by Chris White
Sophie Treadwell was a campaigning journalist in America between the wars. Among her assignments was the sensational murder involved Ruth Snyder, who wither her lover, Judd Gray, had murdered her husband and gone to the electric chair. Out of this came MACHINAL, a powerful expressionist drama about the dependent status of women and the living hell of a loveless marriage.
Successfully premiered on Broadway in 1928 with Clark Gable as the lover, the play was seen in London two years later, provoked a sensation in Tairov’s version in Moscow in 1933, and was then largely forgotten until revivals in New York and London in the 1990s.
‘This is a play written in anger. In the dead wasteland of a male society – it seems to ask – isn’t it necessary for certain women, at least, to resort to murder?’ Nicholas Wright
Wednesday 4th November - Evening 7pm
Thursday 5th November - Matinee 1pm, Evening 7pm
Friday 6th November - Matinee 2.30pm, Evening 7pm