Production Notes

This is a production of the play Vincent River by Philip Ridley, 16 May – 22 June 2019, Trafalgar Studios, London.

Davey has seen something he can never forget. Anita has been forced to flee her home. Tonight, they meet for the first time… and their lives will change forever.

Philip Ridley’s modern classic was a huge success when it premiered at Hampstead Theatre in 2001, and a West End smash at Trafalgar Studios in 2007. This year, it returns to Studio 2 as a new production direct from the Park Theatre.

Thrilling, heartbreaking and darkly humorous by turns, it is now seen as one of the most powerful explorations of hate crime – and society’s need to crush ‘difference’ – ever written.


Louise Jameson and Thomas Mahy


Writer Philip Ridley
Robert Chevara


‘Fantastic staging and superlative acting to produce a definitive version of Philip Ridley’s awesome play’ ★★★★★ LondonTheatre1

‘Edgy, mesmerising and convincing… superb, unmissable stuff’ ★★★★★ Actdrop

‘Robert Chevara’s production holds the audience in a tight grip for the entire 90-minutes… This is a rare piece of theatre – simply beautiful.’ ★★★★★ Broadway World

‘Unmissable is not something one should say very often, but this really falls into that category’ ★★★★★ Reviews Gate

‘Louise Jameson and Thomas Mahy are utterly captivating, their performances balancing light and shade – we literally watch two people crumble before us. The effects are devastating’ ★★★★★ The Gizzle Review

‘A brilliant, fierce piece of writing, beautifully brought to life in this production by the superb performances of Louise Jameson and Thomas Mahy’ ★★★★ Spy In The Stalls

‘A stirring production, there’s terrific chemistry between Louise Jameson and Thomas Mahy… director Robert Chevara uses the small space inventively and powerfully’ ★★★★ The Upcoming

‘This is passionate playing that pulses with feeling. In a production like this, Vincent River becomes an important play. Timely, as well thrilling theatre’ British Theatre Guide

‘Riveting performances’ The Stage

‘Eye opening, emotional theatre’ ★★★★ Rewite this Story

‘In Robert Chevara’s taut production, Thomas Mahy climaxes in a performance of commanding visceral intensity’ ★★★★ The Reviews Hub

‘A beautifully calibrated cat-and mouse tease’ ★★★★ Entertainment Focus

‘Philip Ridley’s fiercely powerful two-hander may only run for 80 minutes but it packs an emotional punch that left its opening night audience reeling’ ★★★★ Stage Review

‘The chemistry between Louise Jameson and Thomas Mahy is palpable… Davey’s final monologue and the primal scream that follows will forever remain with the audience’ ★★★★ Breaking the Fourth Wall

‘Heart-wrenching drama performed by an outstanding company’ Queerguru