A zany satire from the crazy National Theatre of Brent that sends up theatre’s epic pretensions and earnest solemnity.
The entire company of two, led by artistic director Desmond Olivier Dingle and his complete ensemble, Raymond Box, re-enact the entire Christmas story, including all of the best-loved characters, Joseph, Mary, and Archangel Gabriel, Herod, God and many more.
First performed at the Tricycle Theatre in 1983, Patrick Barlow’s The Messiah is a hilarious updating of the greatest story ever told, including many specially researched brand-new sequences culled from the very latest biblical findings.
This edition was published alongside the revival at the Bush Theatre, London, in December 2000.
‘The comedy of the National Theatre of Brent is two-pronged. It is about pretension and about incompetence. Both prongs are bliss’
— Financial Times
‘Inspired silliness … unalloyed pleasure’