“RISKY, rebellious theatre” is coming to “shake Hitchin” next week in the form of dark comedy Jerusalem.

The play, which won many awards after appearing in the West End last year, will be the latest production to be performed by The Bancroft Players at the Queen Mother Theatre.

Written by Jez Butterworth, Jerusalem tells the story of Johnny ‘Rooster’ Byron, a local waster and modern day Pied Piper, who on St George’s Day is a wanted man.

The council officials want to serve him an eviction notice, his son, Marky, wants his dad to take him to the fair, Troy Whitworth wants to give him a serious kicking and a motley crew of mates want to rave all night and get their hands on his ample supply of drugs and alcohol.

“It’s set to be a fantastic night out at the theatre,” said director Jon Brown.

“The play is very British with many traditional themes and beautiful mythical and poetic strands throughout. It’s risky, rebellious theatre but I admire honest, edgy writing and it’s hilarious at times.

“Butterworth creates incredible characters, each with a fascinating history and writes with a vibrancy, energy and punch which is a joy to watch on stage.

“The play ultimately reminds the audience of lost times and lifestyles and focuses on one man who is determined to stand up to change and modernisation. I want it to really shake Hitchin!”

The show runs nightly at the theatre in Walsworth Road from Monday, September 26, until Saturday, October 1, with each performance starting at 7.30pm.

Tickets are priced between �6 and �10, call 01462 45166 or visit www.queenmothertheatre.org.uk to book.