23-28 March 2015
Reviewed by Lucy Knight
I had regretfully never seen the film 12 Angry Men, but had heard great things about it and how amazing the theatre version was, so I was really excited to be able to see the performance at the Lowry Theatre in Manchester.
12 Angry Men is an adaptation of the 1957 film. The story sees 12 jurors with the duty of deciding if a 16 year old boy has killed his father and should be sentenced to death or not. When the men first convene they find that the vote for guilt is 11 to 1. This sees the only juror voting for not guilty actor Tom Conti, juror number 8, fighting his cause to prove doubt in his fellow jurors’ minds. The men are given the task to examine every single bit of evidence surrounding the case. But what appears to be a straightforward case soon becomes a predicament for the men with their prejudices surrounding the case and each other becoming the focal point of the show. Will they all finally agree?
The acting was stupendous, I cannot single any one out as they all played their parts equally well, and were a mix of all different personalities. It took me back to being a juror myself as a 19 year old and how the mix of people can really cause for good entertainment. The accents did falter now and again but this was not terribly noticeable and the audience were enthralled by the whole show.
The Lowry Theatre is very easy to find using a satnav as it is quite close to the motorway which makes it very accessible. We are quite close by so we arrived for the show around 20 minutes before it was due to start, we parked up with ease and made our way over to the theatre building.
Unfortunately there was a 30 minute delay to the start of the performance, due to technical difficulties. However, the cast did put on a thrilling performance and completely entertained.
12 Angry Men is a brilliant show, I would definitely recommend it to anyone, I cannot wait to now go and watch the film version to see how the characters compare.
Tickets cost from £18 to £31 (includes £2 booking fee).
12 Angry Men is at The Lowry in Manchester until 28 March 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0843 208 6000.
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ | 0843 208 6000