Out of Joint presents
A Dish of Tea with Dr Johnson
Irritable, generous, seriously depressed yet a great wit: meet Samuel “Dictionary” Johnson – poet, essayist and lexicographer. This evening of stories and conversation brings to life some of the most colourful figures of the eighteenth century.
“A rare treat”
-Michael Billington, The Guardian
“Ian Redford is as close to the real Dr Johnson as one could ever hope to see onstage”
“Pure civilised delight … Ian Redford brings Johnson to life here in a superb performance… Russell Barr plays, with a winning wit, a medley of Johnson’s friends… One did not want the evening to end”
“The pithy aphorisms fall like ear-tickling rain in this delightful evening”
“Out of Joint’s production is a delightful entertainment. Samuel ‘Dictionary’ Johnson is, was, a legendary wit. As such, he makes the perfect subject for a performance which, in Ian Redford’s muscular and full-blooded portrayal, gives us many of his noted aphorisms, as well as a few new ones to brighten up our afternoon.”
CAST & CREATIVES
Cast: Russell Barr, Ian Redford, Trudie Styler, Katie (the Jack Russell).
Director: Max Stafford-Clark
Design Consultant: Tim Shortall
Lighting Designer: Christopher Nairne
Costume Designer: Karen Large
Producer (West End): Karl Sydow
A Dish of Tea with Dr Johnson toured extensively, and enjoyed a transfer to the Arts Theatre in the West End.