You decide. Terror on trial in courtroom drama at Lyric Hammersmith

Guilty or not guilty. You Decide. Enter the courtroom. Hear the evidence. Make your judgement.

Tanya Moodie and Emma Fielding make their case in UK premiere of Ferdinand von Schirach’s thrilling courtroom drama Terror, which comes to the The Lyric Hammersmith, this June.

Directed the Lyric’s artistic director, Sean Holmes, the production stars Fielding as prosecuting counsel, Forbes Masson as a defence barrister and Moodie as judge – but, controversially, it is the audience, as the jury, who will decide the verdict.

Also cast is John Lightbody, Shanaya Rafaat and Ashley Zhangazha.

A hijacked plane is heading towards a packed football stadium. Ignoring orders to the contrary a fighter pilot shoots the plane down killing 164 people on board to save 70,000.

Put on trial and charged with murder, the fate of the pilot (Zhangazha) is in the audience’s hands.

Terror has become a worldwide phenomenon that has been stirring debate across the globe and providing opposing results in different countries and cultures.

Emma Fielding’s theatre credits include The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary (Liverpool Everyman/Peepolykus); Rapture Blister Burn (Hampstead Theatre); The King’s Speech (Wyndham’s); Heartbreak House (Chichester Festival Theatre); Look Back In Anger, Arcadia (National Theatre); Macbeth, Heartbreak House, 1953, School For Wives (Almeida); and, for the RSC, Cymbeline, Measure For Measure, The School For Scandal, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Broken Heart.

John Lightbody’s extensive theatre credits include Ghost Stories (Duke of York’s Theatre); Treasure Island (Theatre Royal Haymarket); Richard III (Southwark Playhouse); The Taming of the Shrew; Measure for Measure and Richard III (RSC).

Forbes Masson has appeared on stage in Travesties (Apollo /Menier Chocolate Factory); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theatre Royal Bath); Dr Faustus (Duke of York’s); and Mr Foote’s Other Leg (Hampstead/Theatre Royal Haymarket).

Tanya Moodie has appeared in Hamlet (RSC); Joanne (Soho Theatre); King John (Shakespeare’s Globe); The House That Will Not Stand (Tricycle Theatre); Intimate Apparel (Park Theatre) and Fences (Duchess).

Shanaya Rafaat’s theatre credits include The White Devil (Shakespeare’s Globe); A Tale of Two Cities (Royal & Derngate/UK tour); Great Expectations(West Yorkshire Playhouse); Around the World in 80 Days (St James Theatre) and King Lear (Shakespeare’s Globe/ International tour).

Ashley Zhangazha theatre credits include: Hamlet Royal Exchange); Henry V (Michael Grandage Company/Noel Coward ); Fences (Theatre Royal Bath/Duchess); Macbeth (Sheffield Crucible) and Richard II (Donmar).

Terror runs at the Lyric Hammersmith from June 14 – July 15.

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