Little Malcolm plots revolution in cult comedy at Southwark

Little Malcolm

This 50th anniversary production of Little Malcolm and his Struggle Against the Eunuchs, a revival of David Halliwell’s startlingly pertinent comedy, is the first in London in 16 years.

In a year when a general election was fought, Halliwell’s comedy bursts with energy and bite and feels more relevant than ever before.

In a squalid attic flat in the the freezing darkness of a Huddersfield winter, Malcolm Scrawdyke and his fellow Northern art students smoke and rehearse their revolutionary assault upon authority.

According to Malcolm, the choice is simple: ‘Freedom or serfdom’. The manifesto established, the ‘Party of Dynamic Erection’ begins its surreal offensive upon the eunuchs (dunces) who stand in the way of inevitable triumph.

David Halliwell’s classic play is set in the Sixties, an age given over to youth and rebellion.

A 1974 film version starring John Hurt, John McEnery and David Warner, became a cult classic while Ewan McGregor won critical acclaim when the play was last staged in London in 1998.

Clive Judd directs following his success with the critically acclaimed Captain Amazing at Soho Theatre.

Cast: Daniel Easton (Reynaldo, Hamlet, RSC; Bagot, Richard II, Donmar Warehouse); Barney McElholm (Sirens, Arcola); Scott Arthur; Laurie Jamieson (Weekend Rockstars, Hull Truck) and Rochenda Sandall (Coriolanus, National Theatre).

Little Malcolm and his Struggle Against the Eunuchs will open in The Little at Southwark Playhouse from July 8-August 1.

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