The Barn Theatre, Lawrence Batley Theatre & New Wolsey Theatre announce co-production of ‘What a carve up!’

The Barn Theatre in Cirencester, the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield and the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich have announced the world premiere of Henry Filloux-Bennett’s online play ‘What A Carve Up!’ based on Jonathan Coe’s critically acclaimed satirical novel.

The digital production, which will be directed by Tamara Harvey, chronicles the events leading up to the ‘Winshaw Murders’. Filled with murder, mayhem and madness, the murder mystery turns a satirical eye on what it is like to be a member of one of the most corrupt, powerful and toxic families in the country.

Jonathan Coe said of the new adaptation: “I’m thrilled that ‘What A Carve Up!’ is being brought to the stage by such a talented and experienced team. It’s 25 years since I wrote the book but, unfortunately, its political satire seems as relevant as ever – I’m sure the new adaptation will capture that, as well as the novel’s sense of fun and irreverence. I’m looking forward to getting to know it again!”

Tamara Harvey said of directing the online production: “It’s a joy, in this moment, to work on such a bitingly brilliant story with such a talented team – albeit a joy tempered by how shockingly relevant Jonathan Coe’s satire of the ruling classes remains, a quarter of a century after it was first published. And for such an exciting project to be in aid of regional theatre, which so desperately needs investment in this moment – it doesn’t get much better than that.”

The play, which will be available internationally, will run from 31st October-29th November 2020. Tickets can be purchased at with audience members receiving a screening link, which will activate at their booked performance time for a 48-hour period. A premium option, consisting of a physical programme and pre-theatre dining recipe card, will be available for UK residents.

The recipe card included in the premium option will be curated by world-renowned chef, Asma Khan. Owner of the prestigious Darjeeling Express in London’s Soho, Asma Khan was the first British chef to be profiled on Netflix’s award-winning documentary series, ‘Chef’s Table’ and, in 2019, was named number one on Business Insider’s ‘100 Coolest People in Food and Drink’ list.

All three theatres involved in this production have received critical acclaim for pioneering digital innovation for theatrical content over lockdown.

A portion of the proceeds raised by ‘What A Carve Up!’ will be donated to a freelance fund to support the creative workforce without which the theatres would not be able to survive.

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The story:
‘What A Carve Up!’ chronicles the events leading up to the ‘Winshaw Murders’, examining evidence that was never considered at the time and asking the unanswered questions surrounding one of the most shocking crimes you’ve probably never heard of.

January 1991. Six people are dead. Murdered.

One thing in common – they are members of one of the most corrupt, powerful and toxic families in the country.

One prime suspect – the celebrated writer in the middle of compiling a history of the family.

A simple open and shut case? Anything but!

Turn your sitting room into a theatre:

Make the most of your evening by ordering a ticket with goody bag, which includes a programme and exclusive pre-show recipe card from Darjeeling Express founder Asma Khan (Chef’s Table), so that you can enjoy a taste of the theatre from the comfort of your home.

How it will work:

Once you have purchased your ticket, you will receive a booking confirmation including your screening link. This link will be active on the date you have booked to view ‘What a Carve Up!’ and will expire after 48 hours, so make sure you keep your confirmation email safe. If you have ordered a ticket with programme and recipe card, you will receive the programme and recipe card prior to your booked screening date.