BRYONY Lavery’s new adaptation of Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock heads to Theatre Royal, Winchester from Thursday April 19 to Saturday 21.

As two seventeen-year olds, Pinkie and Rose get embroiled in a vicious gang war in Brighton, where one brutal murder leads to the next.

The police are impassive - but the courageous and life embracing Ida Arnold wants the truth. Nothing scares her.

Whatever the cost, she’ll see justice is done.

Written in 1938, Graham Greene’s classic novel of good and evil was first adapted for the stage at the Garrick Theatre with Richard Attenborough playing Pinkie, a role he resumed in the iconic 1947 film version. In 2010 Greene’s novel was remade, setting it in 1964, with Sam Riley, Andrea Riseborough and Helen Mirren.

Pilot Theatre have joined forces with York Theatre Royal to bring this iconic novel of sin and redemption to the stage.

The production has been directed by Pilot Theatre’s new Artistic Director, Esther Richardson, and features a soundtrack composed by the acclaimed singer, musician and composer Hannah Peel.

Playwright Bryony Lavery said about her new adaptation: “Why adapt Brighton Rock for the stage? Because it is such a treasure chest of narrative delights. It has got everything...

“It’s a love story, a revenge tragedy, a small-town murder mystery, an array of small-time gangsters and a middle-aged woman who knows no fear and who will stop at nothing to do right.

In the poisoned relationship between Pinkie and Rose, lies one of the best accounts of what it is like to be 16/17 years’ old in a terrible, violent adolescence.”