Ustinov Studio To Commemorate the Anniversary of the First World War

This Evil Thing

Written and performed by Michael Mears
  • 13 - 14 November

Event Information


The compelling and inspiring story of the men who said no to war

‘For God’s sake – this protest of yours, is it really worth losing your lives over?’

1916. Bert Brocklesby is a schoolteacher, and preacher at his Methodist chapel. Bertrand Russell is one of the greatest philosophers of his time. With the advent of military conscription, their worlds are about to be turned upside down.

Award-winning actor Michael Mears portrays a gallery of characters from conscientious objectors to Prime Ministers with breathtaking physical and vocal dexterity, on a gripping journey from a chapel in Yorkshire to the House of Commons; from an English country garden to a quarry in Aberdeen; from a cell in Richmond Castle to a firing squad in France. With military conscription still in force in many countries today, the questions posed by This Evil Thing are as relevant and urgent as they were one hundred years ago.


£15/£12 discounts

A booking fee of £1.50 per ticket applies

Michael Mears has played the Theatre Royal numerous times including in Peter Hall’s Henry IV Parts I & 2, A Little Hotel on the Side, The Tempest and The Herbal Bed. His screen credits include Four Weddings and a Funeral. His other hugely acclaimed solo work includes Tomorrow We Do The Sky and Soup.

The Ustinov foyer and bar are open from one hour prior to the performance.

Doors open approximately 15 minutes prior to the performance unless otherwise stated.

The Box Office at the Ustinov Studio is open from approximately 30 minutes prior to each performance.

There is a lift from the Foyer to the Stalls level of the Ustinov Studio. Access to the Circle level is by stair access only.

Full terms and conditions for ticket bookings can be found here