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5 September–9 September 2017

Lighthouse, Poole and REND Productions

Judith: A Parting From The Body

by Howard Barker

Directed by Robyn Winfield-Smith

Coronation Street’s Catherine Cusack (All That Fall, Broadway, Arts Theatre, Jermyn Street; Bingo, CFT & Young Vic) takes on the title role in a timely revival of Barker’s “short, sharp shocker of a play” (WhatsOnStage).

This firecracker adaptation reimagines the apocryphal legend of Judith – the daring widow who, on the night before battle, infiltrates the enemy camp with her Servant to seduce and kill the blood-crazed head of the invading army, Holofernes. Her land is at stake – but what of her heart and mind? In his radical reimagining of a legend, Barker lays bare the complex sacrifices of human beings at war.

This production ran for 4 weeks at the Arcola Theatre as part of a “★★★★ exhilarating and provoking” (The Stage) Howard Barker Double Bill, where it was described by audiences as “one of the best things on the London stage” and by the playwright as “dynamic, intensely-imagined, and chilling”.

A co-production between Lighthouse, Poole and REND Productions.
Robyn Winfield-Smith is supported by Live-In Guardians.

  • © Nick Rutter

  • © Nick Rutter

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Catherine Cusack


Kristin Hutchinson

The Servant

Liam Smith



Howard Barker


Robyn Winfield-Smith

Original Design

Robyn Winfield-Smith

Associate Designer

Sarah Booth

Lighting Designer

Christopher Nairne

Sound Designer

Nick J. Jones

General Manager

Alexandra Da Silva

Re-Lighter and Touring Technician

Matthew Llewellyn-Smith

Stage Manager

Summer Keeling

Marketing Manager

Kara Alberts

Co-Producer (Lighthouse Poole)

Stephen Wrentmore

Production Manager

Andreas Ayling
Standard £17
Concession £14

Standard tickets are £12 or less with Arcola Passport.

Monday - Saturday 8pm
Saturday matinee 3.30pm

Running time: 55 minutes approximately .

This production contains:
Strong language

Suitable for 12+

Press enquiries: Robyn Winfield-Smith — robyn.winfield.smith@gmail.com

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020 7503 1646

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