Eerie brilliance in new Loft show

One of the images used to promote the 'extraordinary' show
One of the images used to promote the 'extraordinary' show

Obsession and fear are the themes of an “extraordinary” play being performed at the Loft theatre in Leamington next week.

The River, by Jez Butterfield, runs from Tuesday January 19 to Saturday January 23 at the venue’s Douglas Ford Studio.

When The River ­ opened at London’s Royal Court Theatre in 2012, The Times described it as “eerily brilliant’”and “extraordinary”. Its Broadway premiere in October 2014, with Hugh Jackman in the central role, had patrons queueing round the block for tickets.

The scene is a remote cabin on the cliffs above a river. It belongs to The Man, ­ a dedicated fisherman who goes into ecstasies about sea trout, which can be caught in profusion on amoonless night once a year. He is playing host to The Woman, who appears to be his new girlfriend.

Then during a nocturnal fishing trip The Woman goes missing, the play darkens, and all may not be as it seems.

Director, Greg Cole described it as “a play of obsession and fear”. He said: “It tantalizes and mesmerizes in equal measure. Anyone who likes good theatre will find it spellbinding.”

Performances start at 7.45pm.

Tickets can be booked at any time via­, by calling 0844 493 4938 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday, or from the box office between 7pm and 8pm on performance evenings.