Revisiting a controversial trial

Published: 18 January 2023
Reporter: David Upton


100 years after the execution of Edith Thompson, Crowded Room premières a new play, Edith, at The Lowry, Salford, built from transcripts of a trial that split the nation.

Thompson was executed for inciting the murder of her husband. In a new play written by Harriet Madeley, the transcripts have been used to examine a sensational case in close detail.

Edith is produced by award-winning verbatim theatre company Crowded Room and will première at The Lowry, Salford February 1–4.

The cast will feature Ivy Corbin (The Great Gatsby) as Edith, Peyvand Sadeghian (Netflix's Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story) as Freddy, Rose-Marie Christian (Marvin's Binoculars at the Unicorn) as the Prosecution and Crowded Room's artistic directors Mark Knightley (as Judge / Percy) and Harriet Madeley (as the Defence).

A live stream is available February 3.

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