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The El. Train to premiere at Hoxton Hall in December

Date Posted: 22/10/2013

The London premiere of The El. Train will take place from 6th until 30th December at Hoxton Hall in London, starring Ruth Wilson, known for her roles in Luther, Saving Mr Banks and A Streetcar Named Desire.

The El. Train comprises three one-act plays written by Eugene O’Neill; The Web, Before Breakfast and The Dreamy Kid were written between 1913 and 1918 and are being presented together for the first time.

Ruth Wilson will act in The Web and Before Breakfast, directed by Sam Yates, and will make her directorial debut with The Dreamy Kid.

Drinking in New York

Set in impoverished New York at the turn of the 20th century, the three one-act plays are linked by a live ragtime/jazz band to evoke the feel of the period, while elevating O’Neill’s themes of sin and redemption, and heaven and hell. 

The dramatic plays will be followed by a night of live music at O’Neill’s very own New York watering hole, the Hell Hole Saloon, which has been recreated within the Grade II listed building so audiences can retreat to the bar after the performance for drinks.

Hoxton Hall will be transformed into a New York tenement block in the pre-prohibition era, with exposed brickwork, iron fire escapes and el. Train tracks, juxtaposed alongside detailed representations of the homes of O’Neill’s characters.

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