Poster advertising The Accused by Jeffrey Archer, Theatre Royal Haymarket 5 December 2000.
Height: 50.8 cm, Width: 31.8 cm
The author of this play Jeffrey Archer was a Conservative MP who won the Conservative candidacy for London mayor in 1999, but was forced to stand down after reports that he persuaded a former friend to lie to court in a 1987 libel trial. He was suspended from the Tory party and a perjury investigation began. This production made the news when it was produced in London since Jeffrey Archer was starring in a court-room drama that he had written, whilst waiting to appear in court charged with perjury. When the real trial opened, an article in The Times, 30 June 2001, began:
'The real drama in town is not at the West End where a decent ticket even in the most decrepit of theatres costs upwards of £30, but at the Old Bailey where admission is free. The piece de resistance, now in its third week, is the trial of the novelist-turned-politician, Lord Jeffrey Archer, who is accused of telling lies to win a £ -500,000 libel suit which he brought against a tabloid 14 years ago for alleging that he had had a one-night stand with a prostitute.
Since the trial opened early this month, it has been the most riveting media event holding on to the front page despite competition from weightier matters of state and politics. Lord Archer's private life has been turned inside out by his own confidants who have told the court about his extra-marital affairs, the generous gifts he bought for his ladies, the games he played to ``cheat'' on his wife, the ``completely separate'' lives the couple led, and the diaries he allegedly got his secretary, Ms. Angela Peppiatt, to ``forge'' to support his alibi.'
Poster advertising The Accused by Jeffrey Archer, Haymarket Theatre, 5 December 2000, featuring Edward Petherbridge, Michael Feast, Tony Britton, Emma Davies, Edward de Souza and Jerffery Archer in the cast. Directed by Val May, designed by Simon Higlett with lighting by Vince Herbert.
Photographic poster featuring an image of a large eye, in front of which is seen the image of a hand holding a hypodermic needle. The names of the cast feature at the top of the poster, the title and the production team at the bottom.