By Moira Buffini
Directed By Anna Mackmin
"The rediscovery of a subversive Soviet classic: deserves a permanent place in the British repertory"
Semyon lives in poverty, in the hallway, his mother in law has the bedroom. He can't find a job and is supported by his wife. What is he to do?
When his last hope for self-respect disappears, Semyon decides to take his own life. But word gets out and he finds himself inundated with sympathetic visitors - begging him to die on their behalf. Suddenly, he’s an important man, and on the night of his proposed suicide, events spiral to a gloriously funny climax.
Dying For It is the world premiere of a new play inspired by Erdman’s celebrated satirical comedy. Moira Buffini is best known for her brilliant comedy Dinner at the National Theatre and the West End. Her other plays include Love Play and Doomsday Girl for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and Silence at Birmingham Rep.
Anna Mackmin directs Dying For It. Her work includes the critically acclaimed Ghosts at the Gate Theatre, The Lightning Play at the Almeida Theatre, Mammals at the Bush Theatre and Burn, Chatroom & Citizenship at the National Theatre.
His theatre work includes The Long and the Short and the Tall for the Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield for which he won the TMA’s 2006 Award for Best Supporting Performance in a Play, After the End for Paines Plough, A Single Act for Hampstead Theatre, Wild East for the Royal Court and Some Voices for the Young Vic. His television work includes Thieves Like Us, Coming Up and D Day Landings.
Cast Includes Tom Brooke, Susan Brown, Dominic Charles - Rouse,
Gil Cohen - Alloro, Charlie Condou, Michelle Dockery, Barnaby Kay, Paul Rider, Tony Rohr, Sophie Stanton, Ronan Vibert, Liz White.
Director Anna Mackmin
Design Lez Brotherston
Lighting Neil Austin
Music Stephen Warbeck
Sound John Leonard
Choreography Scarlett Mackmin