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Grenfell: System Failure – Scenes from the Inquiry

Grenfell: System Failure – Scenes from the Inquiry

Performed at the Theatre between 18 Feb, 2023 and 26 Mar, 2023

Grenfell: System Failure asks further vital questions raised by the Grenfell Tower Inquiry since the critically acclaimed 2021 play Grenfell: Value Engineering.

Based entirely on the words of those involved in the final phase of the Inquiry (December 2020 – July 2022), this new play interrogates why the testing regime failed to warn of the danger of installing inflammable materials, why manufacturers promoted such products with no regard to safety, why government regulations ignored the dangers and were not updated, and why politicians failed to ensure proper oversight. Through the testimonies of bereaved residents, it explores how they were failed by the London Fire Brigade on the night and abandoned by the Local Authority in the chaos of the fire’s aftermath.

Grenfell: System Failure will tour to three West London venues: The Playground Theatre, The Tabernacle and the Marylebone Theatre, bringing the production closer to the communities affected by the tragedy than previously possible.

This limited season is brought to the stage by the creative team responsible for Grenfell: Value Engineering at The Tabernacle, Birmingham Rep and on Channel 4, The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry – The Colour of Justice at the Tricycle Theatre, the National Theatre, in the West End and on BBC TV, and the Olivier Award-winning Saville Inquiry play, Bloody Sunday.

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A series of panel discussions will take place alongside the production hosted by guest organisations including Grenfell United, Justice4Grenfell, Next of Kin and Lancaster West. For dates and times of the Q&A events, please visit: