Jane Horrocks takes the lead in David Harrower's new translation of The Good Soul of Szechuan, in the first major production on a London stage in 19 years. Bertolt Brecht's lyrical masterpiece will be directed by Richard Jones, one of the most visionary directors working in theatre and opera today.
Three Gods are on a journey to find out if there are any good people left on earth. Only Shen Te, a good hearted prostitute, offers them shelter. With the money they give her she opens a tobacco shop. At once everyone needs her help. Her livelihood is in danger. Worse, she is falling in love with Sun, a pilot, who is robbing her blind. Her hard hearted cousin Shui Ta arrives to protect her. Who is he?
How can good people stay good in a world of poverty and cruelty?
Brecht's great theatrical parable was completed in 1943 while the dramatist lived in political exile in America. His story is as resonant now as ever. Jane Horrocks breathes new life into the dual role of Shen Te and Shui Ta, previously played in London by Peggy Ashcroft, Fiona Shaw and Janet Suzman. An exceptional design team including Miriam Buether, Nicky Gillibrand and Paule Constable transform the Young Vic's new auditorium to bring this deeply engaging work to life.
BAFTA nominated actress Jane Horrocks will be singing again on stage as she plays Shen Te, the proverbial good soul, and her male alter ego Shui Ta. Most recently seen in the West End production of Absurd Person Singular, Jane's past credits include Little Voice (on stage and screen), Mike Leigh's Life is Sweet, cult television show Absolutely Fabulous and claymation film Chicken Run.
Cast also includes Steven Beard, Linda Dobell, Gareth Farr, John Marquez, Sam O'Mahony-Adams, David Osmond, Susan Porrett, Sophie Russell, Liza Sadovy and Tom Silburn.