Sophie Ward to star in World Premiere of James Purdy’s ‘The Paradise Circus’ at The Playground Theatre

The Playground Theatre has announced that Sophie Ward will lead the cast in the world premiere of cult writer James Purdy’s The Paradise Circus, which runs at The Playground Theatre from 8 October to 3 November 2018.

She will be joined on stage by her son Josh Ward, as well as Tim Woodward, Sam CoulsonMark AikenPeter Tate and Debra Penny.

The Paradise Circus is directed by Anthony Biggs.


The Paradise Circus tells the story of two brothers, starved of affection, who share a secret unshakeable bond. Chastised and neglected by their grief-stricken father, they spend their days painting carousel horses for the carnival. When a beguiling circus master pays them an unexpected visit, he makes a tempting offer which will have terrible consequences for them all, forcing the father to turn for help to the one person he fears most: the Witch of Hebblethwaite. But will her price be too high for him to bear?


Gritty realism collides with superstition and myth in this David Lynch-style tale of the unexpected from a neglected master of magical realism.


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