The Flea


James Fritz

Published by Nick Hern Books

4 Male 1 Female

July 1889, London.

A flea bites a rat.

A rat spooks a horse.

A horse kicks a man.

As the chain reaction continues, a boy and his mother find themselves swept up in a national scandal that will reshape both their lives – and the country.

James Fritz's play The Flea is a retelling of the Cleveland Street Scandal that shook England – from the streets of Bermondsey to the halls of Buckingham Palace – and features a flea, a horse, a detective, a queen, a pimp, a god, and Charlie, the telegraph boy who knelt before the Crown.

This anarchic and affecting play had its world premiere at The Yard Theatre, London.

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