2005-06: Get Carter

By Ted Lewis
Adapted & Directed by Jonathan Holloway
Designed by Neil Irish
Music arranged by Jon Nicholls


1971: A Northern steel town. Forget nostalgia – flares and retro – this is a dark criminal underworld: sexist, racist and violent. Get Carter is a roller-coaster ride of loud, bruising theatre that pulls us into the seedy twilight of British gangland culture; a landscape of gaudy casinos and cheap hotels flourishing on corruption, bribery and sexual abuse.

London gangster Jack Carter returns to his northern hometown to investigate his brother’s death. He cuts a swathe through the local low life, and soon exposes a network of corruption stretching from back-room porn films to the upper tiers of local government. Hell-bent on revenge, will Jack find his man before his number’s up?

Get Carter is a provocative, shocking, perfectly structured tale of twentieth century sin, revenge and redemption. This hard-boiled, quintessentially British thriller offers an enthralling and compulsive take on a spiteful post-deferential, post-summer-of-love Britain.

Red Shift presents Ted Lewis’s brutal 70’s story with a stunning soundtrack featuring classic hits from The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and more. Jonathan Holloway’s adaptation will be the first stage version of the book that launched the cult movie Get Carter starring Michael Caine as British cinema’s most celebrated hard man. Red Shift is mounting this production to follow hot on the heels of its successful stage premiere of Graham Greene’s The Third Man, also adapted and directed by Jonathan Holloway.