In The Dock Brief, incompetent barrister Morganhall is asked to represent the lugubrious Mr Fowle, who confesses to murdering his jovial wife. Although the two of them rehearse a masterly defence in the cell, when they reach the courtroom everything goes wrong. Edwin features a retired High Court Judge, Fennimore Truscott, who can’t break the habit of trying as many people as he can - in his imagination. But when he turns his overly suspicious mind towards his wife’s friendship with the next door neighbour, he opens up a can of worms.
John Mortimer is a playwright, novelist and QC who himself spent many years as a practising barrister. He’s best known for his Rumpole of the Bailey short story collections, which became a hit TV series that ran for 17 years. He’s also written screenplays for Brideshead Revisited, Paradise Postponed and Tea with Mussolini, while his other stage plays include The Wrong Side of the Park, Hock and Soda Water and the autobiographical Voyage Round My Father. The last was revived by Thea Sharrock at the Donmar Warehouse and in the West End with Derek Jacobi in 2006.
Edward Fox was last seen in the West End in Peter Hall’s 2005 revival of Shaw’s You Never Can Tell. His other theatre credits include Old Masters, The Winslow Boy, The Children Hundreds, Family Reunion, A Letter of Resignation and The Rivals. On screen, he’s best known for films such as The Go Between, The Day of the Jackal, A Bridge Too Far, Gandhi and The Shooting Party.
Fox is joined in the Legal Fictions cast by Nicholas Woodeson and Polly Adams. The production is directed by Christopher Morahan and is presented in the West End by Theatre Royal Bath Productions, whose Penelope Keith-led revival of Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest opens tonight at the Vaudeville Theatre (See News, 28 Aug 2007).
On tour since early November, Legal Fictions is in Plymouth this week and then continues to Malvern and Brighton, where its regional schedule concludes on 16 February before its London transfer. Currently at the Savoy, Sheffield Crucible’s revival of 1964 Broadway classic Fiddler on the Roof finishes its extended season on 16 February (See News, 24 Jan 2008). The production has been nominated for a total of four Theatregoers’ Choice Awards, including Best Musical Revival and Best Actor in a Musical for Henry Goodman (click here to vote!).
- by Terri Paddock