Dear Brutus
by J. M. Barrie

About This Project

“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.”


1917. In a remote English village there are rumours of an enchanted wood. One of the inhabitants – a mysterious old man – invites eight strangers to stay. They all have something in common. When, one evening, the wood miraculously appears the guests feel compelled to enter. What happens there has the power to change their lives forever…


From J. M. Barrie, the celebrated writer of Peter Pan, The Admirable Crichton and Quality Street, comes this haunting drama of self-revelation. Darkly comic, and presented in a sumptuous production for the play’s centenary year, Dear Brutus is Barrie at his most magical.


Reviews for Dear Brutus at Southwark Playhouse:

★★★★ ‘Beautifully played… heart-wringing… O’Boyle’s cast excel in a welcome and cleverly mounted revival.’ Paul Taylor, The Independent

★★★★ ‘Played with verve and conviction… a strange, magical play, brimful of unsettling ideas.’ Neil Armstrong, The Mail on Sunday

★★★★ ‘A judicious mix of comedy and sadness. Barrie’s grown-up fantasy gets a welcome centenary revival.’ Heather Neill, The Arts Desk

★★★★ ‘A delightful production that is filled with comedy, tempered by touches of sadness… a perfect antidote to midwinter.’ Mark Ludmon,



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Helen Bradbury, Charlotte Brimble, Emma Davies, Robin Hooper, Josie Kidd, Bathsheba Piepe, Simon Rhodes, Miles Richardson, Edward Sayer, Venice van Someren, James Woolley


29 November - 30 December 2017