A play based on a classic – and very dark – 20th-century novel is to come to the Durham stage.

William Golding’s Lord of the Flies will be performed at Durham’s Gala Theatre between Monday 30th September and Saturday 5th October.

The performance will be delivered thanks to a partnership between the Gala and Durham University Student Theatre.

Lord of the Flies tells the story of a group of boys who get marooned on a remote island without any adults to look after them.

Despite efforts to govern themselves, the boys soon degenerate into savagery, with frightening results.

This exploration of humanity’s more sinister side is certain to keep theatregoers on the edge of their seats.

First published in 1954, Lord of the Flies is now a staple of the English GCSE curriculum.

The play to be staged in Durham is directed by Annie Rigby, of Newcastle’s Unfolding Theatre, and designed by experienced theatre designer Andrew Stephenson. Annie also directed Durham Hymns, which was performed at the Gala in November 2018.

The play is based on a stage adaptation of William Golding’s novel by Nigel Williams.

Lord of the Flies is the first play that the Gala Theatre has put on with the Durham University Student Theatre and people from both organisations seem to be enjoying the experience.

Annie Rigby said, “It’s extraordinary to be directing a piece that speaks so powerfully about the fragility of democracy during this unsettled political period.”

“What is as extraordinary is the talent and commitment of the acting company. I am really excited to share their moving and powerful performances with audiences.”

The head of student theatre at Durham University, Kate Barton, said, “Working with Annie and the whole Gala team has been incredibly exciting for our students as it gives them the opportunity to learn from professionals and perform in a great community venue.”

“We are hoping this will be the first of many collaboration projects.”

The manager of the Gala Theatre, Robin Byers, said, “We are delighted to be working with Durham University Student Theatre on Lord of the Flies.”

“It is such an enthralling tale that is just as thought-provoking today as it was more than 60 years ago.”

“In these times of political uncertainty, there couldn’t be a better time to stage this story.”

“It promises to be something special, and I would encourage people to book their seats to avoid missing out.”

Lord of the Flies will be performed every evening from Monday 30th September to Saturday 5th October. Each performance will begin at 7.30 pm, except for Wednesday, when the show will start at 6.00 pm.

There will also be afternoon performances – starting at 1.00 pm – on the Tuesday and Thursday.

To book tickets please go to https://www.galadurham.co.uk/ or telephone 03000 266 600.

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