Restoring order with The Magistrate

Academy Award nominee and Tony Award-winner John Lithgow (of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Shrek and 3rd Rock from the Sun fame) takes the title role in Arthur Wing Pinero’s uproarious Victorian farce, directed by Olivier Award-winner Timothy Sheader (Crazy for You and Into the Woods, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London).

In a similar vein to the National Theatre’s smash-hit classic comedies, She Stoops to Conquer and London Assurance, The Magistrate is sure to have audiences doubled up with laughter.
When amiable magistrate Posket marries Agatha, little does he realise she’s dropped five years from her age – and her son’s. When her deception looks set to be revealed, it sparks a series of hilarious indignities and outrageous mishaps.

Two-time Tony award winner John Lithgow joins a wave of notable screen actors who have stepped into the Southbank limelight, including James Corden, who himself recently won the much coveted theatre award for best actor in his lead role in One Man Two Guvnors, Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller in Frankenstein, directed by Danny Boyle, and Julie Walters.

• National Theatre Live present The Magistrate at ARC on Thur 17 Jan  at 7pm. Tickets are priced F: £14 C: £12 and can be purchased here.