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Metal Rabbit Productions in association with Theatre503 presents


Written by John Webber
Directed by Kirsty Patrick Ward
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After the death of her sister is left unresolved, Esther is broken and alone. Searching for closure, she is increasingly drawn to the disturbing world of Keith. As their relationship progresses the two spin webs of trickery and deceit – but who is the spider, and who is the fly? Can either of them escape their shared past? And will they emerge unscathed?

Spiderfly is a taut, thrilling debut play. It was long-listed for the Bruntwood Prize and has had the support of Old Vic New Voices. It is directed by Kirsty Patrick Ward (The Sweet Science of Bruising, Groan Ups) and presented by Metal Rabbit Productions (Radiant Vermin, Cargo, We’re Staying RightHere, Lardo).

TAILORED PERFORMANCES: 20 November 12noon, Parent and Baby; 20 November 7.30pm, Relaxed & Captioned

PARENT & BABY: Similar to our Relaxed Performance in terms of technical alterations, but provided as an opportunity for parents and/or guardians to enjoy a spot of theatre without the need to hire a babysitter. Please note, we do not exclude other audience members from booking to see this performance.

RELAXED: For anyone who benefits from a more relaxed performance environment. House lights are left up with audience free to exit and reenter as required. Sound levels are reduced and any strobe / ‘flashing light’ effects will be omitted also.

CAPTIONED: We’re offering captioning to mobile phones via the Difference Engine app, from Talking Birds. Download the free app from the App Store or Google Play, or find more info via the Difference Engine website.

If you would like to discuss potential trigger warnings in this production please contact us on 020 7978 7040

John Webber

John studied drama at the University of Wales and acting at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. His acting career started with Young People’s Theatre, working on new plays and devised pieces, which then toured. As an actor he has worked at the Royal National Theatre and in regional theatres around the UK. Television credits include EastEnders, Doctor Foster, A Touch of Frost and Coronation Street.

His short plays have been staged at Theatre503 as part of their Rapid Write Response nights and 'REAP', his first full-length play, was long-listed for the Bruntwood and Papatango Prizes, short-listed for BBC Writersroom and selected for the Arcola Theatre’s PlayWROUGHT festival. 'Spiderfly' was long-listed for the Bruntwood Prize, selected for the Park Theatre’s Script Accelerator Scheme and has had the support of Old Vic New Voices.

John recently spent two months as Guest Artist at the University of South Florida, where his commissioned adaptation of Jane Austin’s ‘Emma' was performed by students as part of their BRIT Program.

'Spiderfly' was originally developed with support from the Park Theatre’s Script Accelerator.


Artistic Team
John Webber
Kirsty Patrick Ward
Sofi Berenger
George Warren
Metal Rabbit Productions
Lizzy Leech
Sound Designer
Dominic Brennan
Lighting Designer
Peter Small
Stage Manager
Rose Hockaday
Casting Director
Christopher Worrall
Associate Producer
Oliver Seymour
Digital Marketer
André Sequeira
Lia Burge
Matt Whitchurch
★★★★ Broadway World
Posted on 13 November 2019

"Webber is a writer to watch out for"

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★★★★ Everything Theatre
Posted on 13 November 2019

"Another great show from Theatre503"

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★★★★ Guardian
Posted on 12 November 2019

"a tantalising tale of tangled relationships"

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★★★★★ Spy In The Stalls
Posted on 12 November 2019

"absolutely spectacular and as a debut play blows all expectations out of the water"

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★★★★ – Guardian

“a tantalising tale of tangled relationships”

★★★★★ – Spy In The Stalls

“absolutely spectacular and as a debut play blows all expectations out of the water”

★★★★ – Broadway World

“Webber is a writer to watch out for”

★★★★ – Everything Theatre

“Another great show from Theatre503”



“Beautifully crafted script and superb acting”

“I loved it. Sharp writing, intriguing plot, compelling characters”

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