Fancy a bit of live comedy in London this March? Then look no further than the controversial comic Russell Brand, who will appear at the Theatre Royal on Drury Lane on March 2, 2014. Intriguingly titled ‘The Messiah Complex’, Brand’s tongue-in-cheek show is about people who suffer from a psychological disorder in which they think they are God.
Did Jesus of Nazareth suffer from the Messiah complex? What about Adolf Hitler or Gandhi? What made the well-known figures of history tick for better or for worse?
Russell Brand takes an amusing look at the people who he thinks may well be suffering or have suffered from the Messiah Complex. As is usual with Brand, a fair portion of the show dedicated to sex.
Like many controversial television personalities, you either seem to love Russell Brand or loathe him (the former category comprising mostly of women). Despite having some negative press, Brand’s Messiah Complex has had good reviews. In its review of the show at the Hammersmith Apollo in October last year, Timeout described the performance as being: “As thought provoking as it is entertaining.”
Having staged many a comic over the centuries, the Theatre Royal on Drury Lane is certainly an apt venue for hosting an evening of complex and comical philosophical grandeur and sexual innuendos. Having opened in 1663, the Theatre Royal, commonly known as Drury Lane, is the oldest theatre in London.
Although the original building was long demolished, the current one was erected in 1812 and is a Grade I listed building.
Drury lane is considered to be one of the world’s most haunted theatres, where the ghost of the ‘Man in Grey’ regularly appears. Legend says that the Man in Grey is the ghost of a man whose remains were found in a nearby passageway. The ghost apparently always appears at Drury Lane during the actors’ rehearsals. His ghostly visitations are believed to be a good omen.
Will Russell Brand bring up the Man in Grey during his show? There is only one way to find out. Go and see the show for yourself. Tickets for this much talked about performance are available on the London Theatre Land website.