SHOW OF THE WEEK: Catch-22

A scene from Catch-22

A scene from Catch-22

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Entertainments Editor

NUFFIELD presents Northern Stage’s Catch-22 as part of its visiting company season next week.

Joseph Heller’s war time satire is directed by two-time Obie award-winning and Drama Desk nominated director, Rachel Chavkin.

The novel, published in 1961, has sold more than ten million copies worldwide. It is often cited as one of the greatest novels of all time, ranking 11th in the 2003 BBC survey The Big Read.

Set in the closing months of the Second World War, a bombardier named Yossarian is trapped in the absurd world of an inescapable war.

Frantic and furious as thousands of people he has never met try to kill him, Yossarian is stalked and thwarted by the merciless Catch-22.

Director, Rachel Chavkin, said: “Heller’s stage adaptation really captures the heart of the book, and this production will aim to further breathe that air: absurd comedy, deadpan horror, and an amazing hero/antihero at the centre. Audiences can expect period music, some jitterbugging, purgatory antics, and moments of quiet at the end of the world. And humour of course: Heller’s, and mine!”

Catch-22 runs from Tuesday to Saturday.

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