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Menezes inquest adapted for stage

Jean Charles de Menezes
Jean Charles de Menezes was shot dead on a Tube train at Stockwell station

A London fringe theatre is to stage a new play about the police shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes.

Stockwell: The Inquest into the Death of Jean Charles de Menezes, will play at the Landor Theatre in Clapham.

The venue is only a few hundred yards from the tube station where the 27-year old Brazilian was shot dead after being mistaken for a suicide bomber.

The play, which opens on 21 July, will explore the sequence of events that led to the shooting on 22 July 2005.

It also features testimony from the inquest from surveillance and firearms officers, senior police co-ordinators, civilian witnesses to the shooting and relatives of de Menezes.

The inquest returned an open verdict on the case in December 2008.


Yasmin Khan, a spokeswoman for Justice For Jean, a campaign led by the de Menezes family, told the BBC: "Until we've seen it, we support any artist contribution to keeping the case in the public profile.

"As it's the four year anniversary, it's timely and fitting to go over the issues and anything that goes over that, we welcome."

The play has been created by Kieron Barry and Sophie Lifschutz, the writing-director partnership behind 2007's Deepcut: Scenes From An Inquiry.

It is running at the Landor Theatre for 16 performances until 8 August.

ITV1 broadcast a fact-based docu-drama recreating the incident in January this year.

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