After Electra

Tue 7 Apr 2015 – Sat 2 May 2015

By April De Angelis
Directed by Samuel West

A Theatre Royal Plymouth production 

The Daily Telegraph, WhatsOnStage, Libby Purves (Theatre Cat)

‘A cracking Samuel West production’ The Guardian

‘Scorchingly funny’ Time Out

“I blame the books they learned to read with. Daddy at the office. Mummy looking out of the window while she’s washing up. I should have burnt them.”

It’s Virgie’s 81st birthday and she is bucking convention with a very surprising trick up her sleeve. But always a more committed artist than mother, Virgie has not reckoned on her family and friends’ determination to thwart her distinctly unusual birthday plans.

Will her loved ones consent to her last wish, or could the secrets of their past stand in the way?

April De Angelis’ After Electra is a deeply moving and blisteringly witty black comedy that re-imagines the meaning of family and explores how the choices we make can change our lives forever.

After Electra, follows April De Angelis’ Jumpy (4 stars from Guardian/Telegraph/The Arts Desk) which transferred to the West End following it’s sell out success at the Royal Court and is now receiving international acclaim.

Cast includes Michael BegleyRachel BellMarty CruickshankKate FahyNeil McCaulVeronica RobertsJames Wallace and Eleanor Wyld.

Creatives include Michael Taylor (Designer), Malcolm Rippeth (Lighting Designer) and Adrienne Quartly (Sound Designer).


‘I don’t believe it! Grumpy Virgie gives Victor Meldrew a run for his money
in After Electra… a strong comic creation’
The Daily Mail

‘Sly, hilarious, biting and ultimately moving’ Libby Purves, TheatreCat

‘Really good fun’ The Arts Desk

‘Samuel West’s consistently engaging production’ The Daily Telegraph

‘Director Samuel West paces the piece beautifully
with excellent timing and delivery’

‘A funny and brutally honest discussion of life, ageing and death…
the performances are all beautifully drawn… hilarious’
A Younger Theatre

‘Well written and crisply acted by a strong cast, this is a must see play’ Kilburn Herald

‘It’s such a pleasure to see an octogenarian character as complex as Vergie on stage
– and Marty Cruickshank plays her with verve and glitter’
The Stage