About Us

About Us
Empire Street Productions is an independent production company that is committed to producing quality theatre, film and TV. With experience nationally and internationally it has the ability to develop material from idea to finished production whilst also being able to offer bespoke management/consultancy services to creative partners.

ESP was set up by independent producer James Bierman, to develop and produce work across theatre, television and film. Recent Theatre credits include Sam Shepard's TRUE WEST starring Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn at the Vaudeville Theatre, Tracy Letts’ KILLER JOE at the Trafalgar Studio starring Orlando Bloom, and Samuel D Hunter’s THE WHALE at the Ustinov, Bath.

THROUGH THE PINEWOODS, a short film starring Ian Hart written & directed byTim Price is in post production. BALLYWALTER, a feature film by Stacey Gregg is in development with the BFI and Screen Ireland, documentary CHAPLIN, directed by Peter Middleton & James Spinney is in Post Production, and HOW TO FAKE A WAR by Tim Price, directed by Rudolf Herzog, was released in 2019.

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The Pillowman

THE PILLOWMAN by Martin McDonagh


Duke Of York's Theatre


“’The first duty of a storyteller is to tell a story’. Or was it ‘The only duty of a storyteller is to tell a story’”

In a totalitarian state a Writer is questioned by the authorities about a spate of murders that bear similarities to his short stories. Is this life imitating art or something more sinister? This black comedy widely regarded as one of the greatest plays of the past 25 years, examines the role of the artist in society and asks what price do we pay for freedom of expression.

With an all-star cast including Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Steve Pemberton, Matthew Dunster directs the West End Premiere of Martin McDonagh’s electrifying and savagely funny Olivier award-winning play, THE PILLOWMAN at the intimate Duke of York’s Theatre for a strictly limited season.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson - Katurian
Steve Pemberton - Tupolski

Matthew Dunster - Director
Anna Fleischle - Designer
Neil Austin - Lighting Designer
Ian Dickinson - Sound Designer
Dick Straker - Video Designer
Amy Ball - Casting
The Pillowman

True West

An audio recording of this show is available to order from Audible here: TRUE WEST AUDIO

TRUE WEST by Sam Shepard

23rd November – 23rd February 2019

Vaudeville Theatre

Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn star in the West End Premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winner Sam Shepard’s ferociously funny, modern classic, True West.

Austin is working on a movie script that he has sold to producer Saul Kimmer when Lee stumbles back in to his life. Never content to watch from the sidelines, he pitches his own idea to Kimmer, an action which has far reaching consequences…

Set against the searing heat of the Californian desert, Shepard’s critically acclaimed drama pits brother against brother as a family tears itself apart, exposing the cracks in the American Dream.

Kit Harington - Austin
Johnny Flynn - Lee
Donald Sage Albery - Saul
Madeleine Potter - Mom

Matthew Dunster - Director
Jon Bausor - Designer
Joshua Carr - Lighting Designer
Ian Dickinson - Sound Designer
Johnny Flynn & Joe Zeitlin - Composers
Amy Ball - Casting

★★★★★ – ‘True West is one to put on your ‘not to be missed’ list this winter.’- Broadwayworld.com

★★★★ – ‘Matthew Dunster’s production is a powerful, punchy evening’ – Mail on Sunday

★★★★ – ‘Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn electrify’ – Evening Standard

★★★★ – ‘Matthew Dunster’s terrifically performed production’ – Metro

★★★★ – ‘Intense and Seductive’ – Radio Times

★★★★ – ‘Wickedly funny’ – The Stage
True West

Killer Joe

KILLER JOE by Tracy Letts

18th May – 18th August 2018

Trafalgar Studios

This really isn’t somethin’ we can afford to cut corners on … Killer Joe’s a professional, and he’ll do this right.
Hollywood star Orlando Bloom (Legolas in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit trilogy, Will Turner in the Pirates of the Caribbean series) plays a cop who moonlights as a killer-for-hire in the West End production of multi award-winning Tracy Letts’ violent and darkly comic, Killer Joe.

The Smith family hatch a plan to murder their estranged matriarch for her insurance money. They hire Killer Joe Cooper, a police detective and part-time contract killer, to do the job. But once he enters their trailer home, he comes face to face with the innocent daughter and their simple plan spirals out of control…

“A tense, gut-twisting thriller ride” (Chicago Tribune)

Killer Joe asks where the moral line is drawn in the fight for survival.

Orlando Bloom - Joe
Sophie Cookson - Dottie
Adam Gillen - Chris
Neve McIntosh - Sharla
Steffan Rhodri - Ansel

Simon Evans - Director
Grace Smart - Designer
Richard Howell - Lighting Designer
Edward Lewis - Composer & Sound Designer
Ellie Collyer-Bristow - Casting

★★★★★ – ‘A sharper, tenser, more violently entertaining night in the theatre you will not find’- Libby Purves

★★★★★ – Orlando Bloom’s mesmerising performance’ – the Sun

★★★★ – ‘unnerving and darkly comic – The Guardian

★★★★ – ‘Simon Evans’ gripping production – Metro

★★★★ – The Times

★★★★ – Financial Times

★★★★ – Daily Mail

Killer Joe

The Whale

The Whale by Samuel D.Hunter

26th April – 2nd June 2018

Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath

In a small town on the outskirts of Mormon Country, Idaho, Charlie, a reclusive online writing instructor, lives marooned on a couch. Weighing in at six hundred pounds, he is slowly eating himself to death.

But redemption may be within reach as he tries to reconnect with his sharp-tongued daughter, estranged from him for 15 years. A conveyor belt of visitors – welcome and otherwise – move through his living room, from his friend and nurse Liz, the sister of his deceased boyfriend, to Elder Thomas, a hopeful young missionary and Mary, his ex-wife. Can any of them help him to see a future?

The Whale, an Off Broadway smash hit, is the huge-hearted and fiercely funny story of a father’s final chance at salvation, and of finding hope and beauty in the most unexpected places.

Shuler Hensley – Charlie
Ruth Gemmell – Liz
Oscar Batterham – Elder Thomas
Rosie Sheehy – Ellie
Teresa Banham – Mary

Laurence Boswell - Director
Tim Shortall - Designer
Ben Ormerod - Lighting Designer
Jon Nicholls - Composer & Sound Designer
Ginny Schiller - Casting

★★★★★ “Shuler Hensley is SUPERB … In an exceptionally strong cast, Rosie Sheehy is a knockout … Sheehy is one of the finds of the year” Observer

★★★★ “A little beauty of a drama…Laurence Boswell’s sharp, sympathetic production. Shuler Hensley is OUTSTANDING” The Times

★★★★ “A SUPERB performance by Shuler Hensley … utterly plausible” The Sunday Times

★★★★★ “It’s the depths of passion in the text and masterclass in performance that holds you spellbound … it knocked the stuffing out of me. UNMISSABLE” WhatsOnStage

The Whale

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