James Graham's

The Angry Brigade

James Graham

Oscar Toeman

The Linbury Theatre

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Friday 13 October, 7:45pm
Monday 16 October, 7:45pm
Tuesday 17 October, 2:15pm
Wednesday 18 October, 7:45pm
Thursday 19 October, 2:15pm

The running time is 2 hours 5 minutes. This production will not include an interval.

About the show

Its government has declared a vicious class war. A one-sided war...

We have started to fight back...with bombs.

Against a backdrop of Tory cuts, high unemployment and the deregulated economy of 1970s Britain, a young urban guerrilla group mobilises: The Angry Brigade. Their targets: MPs, embassies, police, pageant queens. A world of order is shattered by anarchy and the rules have changed. An uprising has begun. No one is exempt.

As a special police squad hunt the home-grown terrorists whose identities shocked the nation, James Graham's heart-stopping thriller lures us into a frenzied world that looks much like our own.

Oscar Toeman is a freelance theatre director. He was runner up for the JMK Award 2019, and a finalist for the Peter Hall RTST Award 2018.

He is an alumni of Lincoln Centre’s Directors Lab in New York, which he participated on in 2017 as a recepient of a Michael Grandage Company Futures Bursary, and an Associate at the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain.

He trained as a Staff and Associate Director at the National Theatre, as an Assistant Director at the RSC, Shakespeare’s Globe and the West End, and on the NT Studio’s Directors Course.

In 2023 Oscar was selected for the Hollyoaks Stage to Small Screen Programme (SDUK/DUK/ScreenSkills/Lime Pictures), to train theatre directors for TV.

James Graham is a playwright and screenwriter. 

His screen work includes Sherwood, which aired on BBC One in 2022 to rave reviews, and will return for a second series. James also wrote Quiz (ITV and AMC) in 2020, directed by Stephen Frears, which was one of the most watched UK television dramas of the year; and Brexit: An Uncivil War, which garnered huge public attention and critical acclaim in 2019. It was broadcast on Channel 4 and HBO, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, and was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Television Movie, and a BAFTA for Single Drama. His feature film X+Y was selected for the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014. 

James's breakout play This House premiered at the National Theatre's Cottesloe Theatre in September 2012 and transferred to the Olivier in 2013 where it enjoyed a sell-out run. It garnered critical acclaim and a huge amount of interest and admiration from current and former MPs for his rendition of life in the House of Commons. The play went on to have an Olivier-nominated sell-out revival in the West End in 2017 and it was chosen by popular vote as the best play of the 2010’s for the major theatre publisher Methuen. 

His latest play Dear England told the story of the manager of the England Football team, Gareth Southgate and his transformation of the team. After a sold out run at the National Theatre the play, starring Joseph Fiennes and directed by Rupert Goold will transfer to the West End. 

Best of Enemies, about the political debates between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley Jr., opened at the Young Vic in 2021, and is currently playing on the West End. It has been nominated for an Olivier for Best New Play, and won a Critics’ Circle Theatre Award.

His new musical, Tammy Faye, with music from Elton John and lyrics from Jake Shears, opened at the Almeida in 2022. Ink – about the early days of Rupert Murdoch – opened to huge praise at the Almeida before transferring to the West End in September 2017, where it played in the theatre next door to James’ other new play – political romantic comedy Labour of Love – creating theatre history. Labour of Love went on to win an Olivier Award, and Ink transferred to Manhattan Theatre Club on Broadway and was nominated for six Tony Awards. His play Privacy about data surveillance culture premiered at the Donmar Warehouse in 2014 before moving to the Public Theater in New York, starring Daniel Radcliffe. His first musical, Finding Neverland, ran for 18 months on Broadway in 2015 before touring the U.S. 

James received an OBE in 2020 for 'services to drama and young people'. 

Contains haze, flashing lights, bombs/explosions, sexual content, offensive language, use of guns, drug use and smoking tobacco, and loud sounds. 

Creative Team

* LAMDA staff member or visiting artist

Oscar Toeman*

Alys Whitehead*

Lighting Designer
Callum Duncan

Sound Designer
Poppy Morley

Voice Director
Molly Parker*

Movement & Intimacy Director
Christina Fulcher*

Music Director
Graeme De Fresne*

Costume Supervisor
Tabitha Stock*


The Model / The Girl / Anna 
Ella Boyes 

Henderson / Hilary 
Elle Davies 

The Commander / The Prophet /John 
Alex Farrell 

The Expert / Snitch / Manager / Jim 
Crispin Glancy 

Brandon Jewell 

Kyle Ndukuba 

Daniel Quinn-Toye 

Production Team

Stage Manager
Helena Fitzgerald

Deputy Stage Manager
Lily O’Connor

Production Manager
Jasmin Meara-Wall

Production Electrician
Ronan McKenna

Deputy Chief / Programmer
George Rogers

Production Sound Engineer
Isabel Buchanan

Production Carpenter
Chloe Alexander

Deputy Production Carpenters
Simon Fleming
Peter Johnston