Bromley-based theatre company produce debut show which is dark comedy about the Black Death

10:39 02 February 2017

The Black Death

The Black Death


Four Thieves’ Vinegar is set in London’s Newgate Prison

Bromley-based group The 42nd Theatre Company will produce their debut production Four Thieves’ Vinegar by playwright Christine Foster in March.

Four Thieves’ Vinegar is a dark comedy about the Black Death set in London’s Newgate Prison.

Matthias, an alchemist, has bankrupted himself trying to find a cure for the plague and has been thrown into prison for debt. There he is joined by Hannah, a garrulous widow, held for raising a riot, and young Jennet, who is sentenced to hang for theft. All three of them are busy plotting against each other in their efforts to escape when the pestilence arrives in the stone pits of Newgate. Whilst the other inmates - believing they are doomed - indulge in debauchery and drunkenness, Matthias begs his reluctant cellmates to help him make his sure-fire remedy. Unfortunately, the missing ingredient is gold - something they have no hope of obtaining without resorting to the only currencies they do have: sex, wit and lies.

“This is one of the best scripts ever submitted to Barons Court Theatre featuring some of the most fascinating and believable characters ever to grace our stage”, Ron Phillips, artistic director of the Barons Court theatre, where the show will be held.

Ms Foster’s short plays have been performed in the UK, Canada, Australia, Denmark, Korea, Mexico and the USA, winning several awards. Four Thieves’ Vinegar is Christine’s first professional full-length production.

The show will take place from March 8 to 26, and performances start at 7.30pm.

For tickets call the box office on 020 8932 4747 or email

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