Series Special Screening
The Roys are back in town with the return of Jesse Armstrong’s critically lauded and award-winning series about vicious power struggles within a US media corporation, and the family that runs it.
Episodes 1 and 2
Jesse Armstrong, Adam McKay, Frank Rich, Kevin Messick, Jane Tranter, Mark Mylod, Tony Roche, Scott Ferguson, Jon Brown, Lucy Prebble, Will Tracy, Will Ferrell
Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Sarah Snook, Kieran Culkin, Alan Ruck
USA 2021. 118min
Detailing the slippery sibling rivalry over who will inherit the company from aging patriarch Logan Roy (Brian Cox), Succession is an exquisitely structured, Shakespearean study of wealth, power and daddy issues. The hotly anticipated third season sees the family descend into civil war, even as the company faces a shareholder revolt amid allegations of sexual assault within its cruise division. The writing, led by British creator and showrunner Armstrong (Peep Show, The Thick of It), is sublimely sharp and savage, deftly balancing satirical comedy-of-incompetence with richly human drama. The pitch-perfect performances and Nicholas Britell’s (Moonlight, The Underground Railroad) captivating score add both levity and pathos. As a portrait of a powerful elite operating without accountability or integrity, it’s utterly chilling. As a showcase for some of the most florid verbal abuse on television, it’s a peerless delight.
Tickets from £10 (£5 for 25 & Under) for all Gala and Special Presentation screenings at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall.
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