The Red

Corduroy Productions and Something for the Weekend

31st Jul 2019 - 26th Aug 2019

King Dome - Pleasance Dome


Suitable for ages 14 and above


Important information:

This show includes themes of addiction.

Benedict's dad loved wine. He loved collecting it, drinking it and sharing it with friends and family was an act of love. Benedict was a teenage alcoholic. He's been sober now for 25 years.

On the day of his father's funeral, Benedict receives an unsettling final bequest: a bottle of exceptionally fine red wine. Will he drink one final toast to his father?

Originally commissioned for BBC Radio 4, Marcus Brigstocke writes and directs this bittersweet drama of family and addiction, based on his own recovery.

BBC Audio Drama Award winner 2018 for Best Single Drama.

Cast - Bruce Alexander and Sam Alexander

Writer and Director - Marcus Brigstocke

Designer - Alex Marker

Lighting Designer - Damian Robertson

Stage Manager - Anna Diamond


Bruce Alexander

Theatre includes: The Sweet Science of Bruising (Southwark Playhouse), Wild Honey (Hampstead), A View From Islington North (Arts Theatre),  Accolade (St James Theatre), A View From The Bridge (Liverpool Playhouse), Plenty (Sheffield Crucible), Waste and The Tempest (Almeida), Life After Scandal (Hampstead Theatre), The Reporter, The History Boys, The Mandate, A Fair Quarrel (all National Theatre), Pravda (Chichester /Birmingham Rep), King Lear (Shakespeare's Globe), St Joan (Birmingham Rep), Not Quite Jerusalem (Royal Court), Brothers Karamazov (Fortune), The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist (Joint Stock) and for the Royal Shakespeare Company – Written On The Heart, Measure For Measure, All's Well That Ends Well, The Duchess of Malfi, Three Sisters, Cymbeline, Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew, Troilus and Cressida, As You Like It, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Mother Courage, Volpone,  Henry VIII and The Time of Your Life .

TV work includes: Gentleman Jack, Doc Martin, Love and Marriage, A Short Stay in Switzerland, New Tricks, Midsomer Murders, Berkeley Square, Dangerfield, Murder In Mind, The Brittas Empire, Peak Practice, Boon, Poirot, Keeping Up Appearances, Juliet Bravo,  No Excuses, The Price and Supt. Norman Mullett in over thirty five episodes of A Touch of Frost.

Films include: Churchill at War, A Christmas Carol, Ladybird Ladybird, Nostradamus, Century, Bye Bye Baby, The Long Good Friday.


Sam Alexander

Training: LAMDA. 

Theatre includes:  The Watsons  (Chichester Festival); The Outsider/ L'Etranger) ( The Print Room) Racing Demon (Theatre Royal, Bath), The Lady in the Van (Theatre Royal, Bath) Much Ado About Nothing/ Love's Labour's Lost (Haymarket, West End) Lawrence After Arabia (Hampstead Theatre) The Ghost Train (Manchester Royal Exchange; Much Ado About Nothing/ Love's Labour's Lost (Royal Shakespeare Company) One Man Two Guvnors (NT/Theatre Royal Haymarket); Wild Oats (Bristol Old Vic); No Naughty Bits (Hampstead Theatre); The Bacchae (Manchester Royal Exchange); Hay Fever (Chichester Festival Theatre); Twelfth Night, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Love's Labours Lost (RSC); Comedy of Errors, Titus Andronicus, A Winter's Tale, Troillus & Cressida (Shakespeare's Globe); Milles Et Une Mères Veillent, Via Negativa, Le Trainfernal (La Compagnie La Carotte, France).

TV & Film: Mughal Mowgli, Misbehaviour, Hard Sun, Emmerdale, Doc Martin, Hard Sun, Call The Midwife, Wolf Hall, 45 Years, Quick Cuts, Criminal Justice, Eastenders, Lewis, Skins, Shane, The Marchioness Disaster, Doctors, Heartbeat, A Perfect Life, An American Haunting, Hamlet


Marcus Brigstocke

In 1996 in his first year at the Edinburgh Fringe Marcus won the BBC New Comedian of the year Award and he's been to the festival every year since. In 2019 as well as directing The Red Marcus will be performing a limited run of his ***** stand up show Devil May Care in The Pleasance Beyond and guesting on Who's Line Is It Anyway? He will also be doing just 4 shows with his all star Improv Group There Will Be Cake.

The Red is Marcus' play writing and directing debut. It's a very personal piece of work. Marcus has been in recovery from his various addictions for almost 30 years and is very excited to share this play with you. Thank you for coming.

As an actor Marcus has played Arthur - King of the Britons in Monty Python's Spamalot, Mr Perks in The Railway Children, Ali Hakim in Oklahoma! (BBC Proms) and the high-wire walking Greatest Showman - P.T. Barnum in Cy Coleman's Barnum.

He appears in the new Gurinder Chadha film Blinded By The Light and stars in the little known cult movie Love Actually as the DJ Mike on Radio Watford.

TV-wise, Marcus is a master of satirical comedy, with an impressive list of credits including his role as team captain on Argumental (Dave), and host of The Late Edition and I've Never Seen Star Wars (BBC4). Live At The Apollo (BBC1), Have I Got News For You (BBC1), Mock the Week (BBC2), QI (BBC2), Sorry I've Got No Head (BBC1), King Stupid (BBC) and the 11 O'Clock Show (Channel 4).

BBC Radio 4 has become somewhat of a second home to Marcus, with regular appearances on I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, The Now Show and Just A Minute. He has also written and stared in three series and four specials of his Award Winning show Giles Wemmbley-Hogg Goes Off. He currently Co-writes and stars in The Wilsons Save The World.

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