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Opening: Play: Sam Shepard’s ‘The Late Henry Moss’ (Southwark Playhouse)

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Opening: Play: Sam Shepard’s ‘The Late Henry Moss’ (Southwark Playhouse)

September 2, 2015

The brilliant yet rarely performed Sam Shepard play, The Late Henry Moss is on at Southwark Playhouse between 2 and 26 September 2015.  We would love it if you and your students could come and see the show.


Southwark Playhouse
2 – 26 September 2015
Box office 02074070234 tickets from £10

‘When you’re alone like this – just sitting here – just the two of you – you can start to make stuff up.’

Two brothers, Earl and Ray, return to their home town in Bernalillo New Mexico upon the mysterious death of their estranged father, Henry. Over a bottle of bourbon and a box of old photographs, they try to reconcile their very different childhood memories.  Earl’s version of Henry’s death doesn’t add up; so Ray determines to find the truth.  As Ray plays detective we encounter Henry’s bizarre collection of friends as the story of his last days is uncovered.  Family tensions are blown apart as Ray discovers more than he’d bargained for…

Sam Shepard is an award winning actor, director and playwright. His play Buried Child won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.  The Late Henry Moss was written in 2000 and has been performed only once in London.  The original production was described as  “classic Shepard country that is at once familiar and heartbreakingly new” by The San Francisco Chronicle.

There is a post show talk scheduled on Tuesday 8 September with the director and some of the cast talking about the creative process.

The director is Mel Hillyard who is currently Staff Director on Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (National Theatre) and was previously Associate Director on Sunny Afternoon (Hampstead and West End).

Below is the link to Southwark Playhouse’s website for further information and where you can book tickets



Southwark Playhouse
77-85 Newington Causeway
London, SE1 6BD United Kingdom
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020 7407 0234
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