Special ticket offer - Incident At Vichy

Saturday 10 June 2017

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Save £2.50 on every standard seat throughout the run of Phil Willmott's production of Arthur Miller's Incident At Vichy at the King's Head Theatre.
Incident at Vichy at King's Head Theatre

Image: Phil Willmott Company

After a critically acclaimed, sell-out run at the Finborough Theatre, Phil Willmott's production of Arthur Miller's Incident at Vichy is now playing at the King's Head Theatre, Islington, until 25 June 2017.

And we have a ticket treat for you ...

The King's Head Theatre has kindly provided a special offer for ActDrop visitors on tickets for Incident At Vichy - just use the promo code ACTDROP250 on the theatre's ticket page to get £2.50 off every standard seat throught the run.

The enormous success of the original production at the Finborough seems to have come as something of a shock to the creative team.

Director Phil Willmott said:

“Demand to see this production took us all by surprise.

With the show selling out after previews and even returned tickets snapped up within hours, I'm absolutely delighted that we're to embark on a second run at the King's Head and that many more people will experience this powerful and poignant drama.

With the rise of the far right in Europe, no one can afford to ignore the sometimes uncomfortable truths about compliance and complicity laid bare by Miller's depiction of ten disparate and terrified prisoners, pulled off the streets and awaiting racial profiling.”

Obviously the play rang-out a special message to theatre-goers, and the production itself garnered a cluth of 5 star ratings, with considerable praise even from big-name London critics.

Dominic Cavendish, writing for the Daily Telegraph, said the play was:

“hugely effective (...) the tension is stoked to perfection by Phil Willmott”.

You can read his full review here.

And ActDrop reviewer, Peter Brown, said:

"In Phil Willmott's highly capable directorial hands, supported by intensely gripping performances, Arthur Miller's cautionary play still bristles with unsettling, yet compelling relevance, producing an engrossing and unmissable evening's drama."

You can read Peter's full 5 star review of the Finborough run here.

And Peter's 5 star review of the King's Head version is now available here.

King's Head artistic director Adam Spreadbury-Maher said of the transfer:

“We're so thrilled to have Phil Willmott back at the King's Head Theatre, and the smash success of Incident at Vichy is proof-positive of the power of pub theatre.

It's a pleasure to be able to give a wider audience a chance to experience Miller's painfully relevant play.”


“Jews are not a race, you know.

They can look like anybody.”

In the detention room of a Vichy police station in 1942, eight men have been picked up for questioning but none are told why they are held, or when they can leave.

At first, their hopeful guess is that only their identity papers will be checked - but as each man is removed for interrogation, some are set free, some are never seen again, and the stakes rise for those who remain …

Arthur Miller's play is a haunting examination of the cold, bureaucratic efficiency of evil - and the shared humanity that might overcome it.

About the playwright

Arthur Miller (1915-2005) was one of the greatest American dramatists of the twentieth century with a career that spanned over seven decades.

His plays include The Man Who Had All The Luck (1940), All My Sons (1947), Death of a Salesman (1949), The Crucible (1953), A View from the Bridge (1955), A Memory of Two Mondays (1955), After the Fall (1964), Incident at Vichy (1964), The Price (1968), The Creation of the World and Other Business (1972), The Archbishop's Ceiling (1977), The American Clock (1980), recently presented at the Finborough Theatre also directed by Phil Willmott, Playing for Time (1980), The Last Yankee (1991), The Ride Down Mount Morgan (1991), Broken Glass (1994), Mr Peter's Connections (1998), Resurrection Blues (2002) and Finishing the Picture (2004).

About the director

Phil Willmott is a multi-award winning director, artistic director, playwright, composer, librettist, teacher, dramaturg, arts journalist and performer.

He trained as an actor at Rose Bruford in the 1980s and was made a fellow of the college in 2012.

Alongside his innovative reinterpretations of the classics, musical theatre revivals and new musical development his notable productions of contemporary and recent drama include F**cking Men (Finborough Theatre, Kings Head Theatre and West End), Liza, Liza, Liza (UK tour for Bill Kenwright), Billy Liar, Athol Fugard's Master Harold ... and the Boys (Liverpool Playhouse), Angels in America and Kiss of the Spider Woman (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield), The American Clock, The Notebook of Trigorin,Country Magic, Crime and Punishment, The Lower Depths, The Grapes of Wrath, Trelawny of the Wells and Loyalties (Finborough Theatre), Arturo Ui (Bridewell Theatre), Fear and Misery of the Third Reich, Three Sisters in a version by Tracy Letts (Union Theatre) and Encounter, a new gay love story inspired by Brief Encounter (Above the Stag Theatre).

As a writer, many of his plays, musicals and adaptations have been published and are regularly produced around the world.

The adaptation of Lysistrata he wrote with Germaine Greer was recently presented as part of the Almeida's Greek Season starring Tamsin Grieg, and his adaptation of Gorki's The Lower Depths is published by Oberon Books.


Lebeau, a Painter - Lawrence Boothman

Major - James Boyd

Gypsy - Andro Crespo

Boy - Daniel Dowling

Old Jew - Jeremy Gagan

Professor Hoffman - Timothy Harker

Von Berg, a Prince - Edward Killingback

Marchand and Police Captain - Christopher Laishley

Bayard, an electrician - Brendan O'Rourke

Waiter - Michael Skellern

Monceau, an actor - PK Taylor

Leduc - Henry Wyrley-Birch


Writer: Arthur Miller

Director: Phil Willmott

Original designer: Georgia de Grey

Costume designer: Penn O'Gara

Lighting: Robbie Butler

Sound: Theo Holloway

Producers: The King's Head Theatre in association with Anita Creed Productions and The Phil Willmott Company


King's Head Theatre

115 Upper Street

London N1 1QN


Until 25 June 2017

Tuesday - Saturday, 7pm

Matinees 2.15pm on Saturdays and Sundays

Running time 85 mins


£10 to £25

Use promo code ACTDROP250 to save £2.50 on each standard ticket throughout the run.

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King's Head Theatre

The Phil Willmott Company

Anita Creed Productions

ActDrop listing for Incident at Vichy

Peter Brown's review of the production at the Finborough Theatre

Incident at Vichy - Wikipedia

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