DOI: 10.5040/9781784600037.00000002
Acts: 1. Roles: Male (2) , Female (1) , Neutral (0)

A play about deceit, paranoia and murderous desire in leafy suburbia, Parlour Song was first performed at the Atlantic Theater, New York, on 15 Febraury 2008, before receiving its European premiere at the Almeida Theatre, London, on 19 March 2009.

Demolition expert Ned lives with his wife Joy in a newly built house in a new estate on the edge of the English countryside. Their relationship is under strain and, after Ned confides in his neighbour Dale, Dale has an affair with Joy. At the same time, Ned is tormented by the mysterious disappearance of various prized possessions from his home, from gold cufflinks to a tandem bicycle. But while Dale and Joy's plan to run away together is never realised, Ned, haunted by surreal delusions, harbours murderous feelings towards his wife.

The play's Atlantic Theater premiere was directed by Neil Pepe, with Jonathan Cake as Dale, Chris Bauer as Ned and Emily Mortimer as Joy.

The Almeida Theatre production was directed by Ian Rickson, with Andrew Lincoln as Dale, Toby Jones as Ned and Amanda Drew as Joy.

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Nick Hern Books

Jez Butterworth

ISBN: 9781848420267

Series: NHB Modern Plays

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