Nick Bartlett as Jack Carter - photo courtesy SP Productions
With Ted Lewis’s classic Brit-crime novel as its starting point, the stage version of Get Carter (written by Jonathon Holloway for Red Shift Theatre Co. in 2005) takes a short cut to the cold cruel heart of what makes Carter as gripping now as when Lewis first put pen to paper.
Fantastic news for crime fans and Lewis admirers is that James Weisz and SP Productions are staging Carter as part of this year’s Brighton Fringe Festival.
Taking the role Lewis created and Michael Caine turned into a career-defining performance in Mike Hodges’ 1971 film is a challenge for Nick Bartlett. It’s an uncompromising part for the established tough guy actor who worked with Martin Scorsese in Gangs of New York. As Bartlett said in a recent interview: “It starts off very tense and violent and carries on the same way. I don’t think it lets up for a second.”
James Weisz, who is directing the play, based in part on a notorious 1967 gangland killing is a long time film and crime fan. “As a theatre director it’s fantastic to combine my two passions of film and theatre. And when I saw it was the fortieth anniversary as well, it was an ideal opportunity.”
Get Carter is well worth a trip to the south coast this May. Weisz is looking to tour the production after the festival, so who knows, we may well see Jack on his way back to Humberside one more time.
‘Get Carter’ is at Hove Town Hall for the Brighton Fringe 10-13 May 2011. For full details or to buy tickets contact: http://www.getcarter2011.co.uk/
See you there!