FourTails Theatre Company

Four Thieves Vinegar
A Black Comedy about the Black Death
By Christine Foster

In the sweltering summer of 1665, the Plague sweeps through London. Three prisoners in Newgate Prison, believing they are doomed, indulge in drunkenness and debauchery. One of them, a young alchemist, believes he has a cure and begs his cellmates to help him make it.

Unfortunately the missing ingredient is gold, something they have no hope of obtaining without making good use of the only currencies they have at their disposal: sex, wit and lies.

Four Thieves Vinegar was written by Christine Foster and is directed and produced by Margot Jobbins. Both co-founders of Mixed Doubles, the hit show that brought 10-minute plays to Rottingdean - and later also to Saltdean - in a sell-out pub-theatre format. For Christmas 2017 they also produced Christine's comedy adaptation of It's a Wonderful Life, both in Rottingdean and Saltdean.


Four Thieves Vinegar has received many great reviews from its opening two performances:

Rated four-stars by:
Fringe Guru: "There's much to recommend this well-conceived and well-rounded production"
RemoteGoat: "Black comedy challenges and inspires .. one of my top picks for the Fringe"
The Voice: "An amazing script, fantastic performances, great set and costume design - this show is a must watch."

And rated Must See by FringeReview: "Fiendishly funny, heartbreaking, and finally cathartic in the real sense."


Four Thieves Vinegar is on for two nights in Rottingdean, at Hillside Barn.  It is also part of Brighton Fringe, with four performances at Rialto Theatre.  This page is for booking tickets for the Rottingdean shows.  For the Fringe performances at the Rialto, please click here.

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