Demon child. The Bad Seed takes root at Brockley Jack Studio Theatre

Obedient, charming and intelligent beyond her years, Rhoda is a parent’s dream child. But what if underneath the sweet exterior beats the heart of a cold-blooded sociopath?

Prepare to be scared. Regarded as one of Broadway’s outstanding and chilling hits, OutFox Productions brings The Bad Seed, Pulitzer Prize winner Maxwell Anderson’s play, adapted from the critically acclaimed novel by William March, to London’s Jack Studio Theatre, Brockley.

Christine Penmark has it all. A loving husband. A beautiful home. The perfect daughter. But when tragedy strikes on Rhoda’s school trip, and a classmate is discovered drowned, Christine is forced to confront the growing number of “accidents” that happen when her daughter is around.

The Bad Seed is revived by OutFox, whose previous work at the Jack includes Frank Wedekind’s Spring Awakening, Patrick Hamilton’s Rope and Sarah Daniel’s The Gut Girls.

American playwright, screen writer and lyricist Maxwell Anderson was known for films including Joan of Arc with Ingrid Bergman and Key Largo starring Humphry Bogart.

He adapted the novel The Bad Seed almost immediately after its publication. Opening in 1954, The Bad Seed ran for 332 performances on Broadway.

Directed by John Fricker, The Bad Seed plays at the Brockley Jack from March 14-April 1.

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