A gang war is raging through the dark underworld of 1930's Brighton. Pinkie, malign and ruthless, has killed a man. Caught up in the violence of the weekend, the only incriminating witness to the murder is Rose, a 16 year old Catholic girl with a memory for faces and eyes only for Pinkie. A wedding would buy her silence, but Pinkie doesn't believe in love and marriage. Believing he can escape retribution, he is unprepared for the courageous, life-embracing music hall artiste Ida Arnold, who is determined to see justice done. Brighton Rock is a thrilling study of gangland rivalry and the psychology of a psychotic seventeen year old Catholic boy.
Michael Attenborough directs the world première of Giles Havergal's dramatisation of Graham Greene's classic novel, Brighton Rock. Featuring original music by John Barry and lyrics by Don Black.