21 Aug 2021 - 18 Sep 2021

World Premiere

Once Upon A Time in Nazi Occupied Tunisia

By Josh Azouz

Directed By Eleanor Rhode

Running Time: Approx. 2 Hours & 30 Mins, Incl. an interval

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Four Stars New
"A dazzlingly talented play"

Independent

"A brave, hilarious and singular play. Adrian Edmondson gives a superb performance"
Time Out

Four Stars New
"Gripping performances create an emotional core for this stylised wartime comedy-drama"
The Stage

“Spain was our home until it wasn’t,
Russia was our home until it wasn’t,
Germany was our home until it wasn’t,
France was our home until it wasn’t,
Tunisia was our home...”

1943. Four months into the Nazi occupation of Tunisia. Two couples – one Muslim and one Jewish – are trying to survive war and marriage, and save themselves from a Nazi named Grandma.

Eleanor Rhode directs the world premiere of Once Upon A Time in Nazi Occupied Tunisia – a vivid, brutally comic and heartbreaking new play by Josh Azouz about home, identity, and survival.

Josh Azouz’s plays include The Mikvah Project (Orange Tree Theatre and Yard Theatre) and Buggy Baby (Yard Theatre). Eleanor Rhode has recently directed Rust (Bush Theatre/HighTide), King John (RSC) and Boudica (Shakespeare’s Globe).

The Genesis Foundation Kickstart Fund has supported Josh Azouz on the development of Once Upon A Time in Nazi Occupied Tunisia.
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Dates & Tickets

Sat 21 Aug - Sat 18 Sep

Previews Sat 21 – Wed 25 Aug
Press night
Thu 26 Aug

We hope to return our auditorium to its full capacity in the future, and audiences for this production may be sat directly next to another household. Find out latest Covid guidelines here.

Evenings 7.30pm
Wed matinees 2.30pm from 1 Sep
Sat matinees 2.30pm from 28 Aug

Sat 21 – Wed 25 Aug
£35, £30, £20, £10

Fri 27 Aug – Sat 18 Sep
£43.50, £35, £20, £10

Captioned performance
Thu 9 Sep 7.30pm
Book by calling Box Office on 020 7359 4404. £5 Captioned tickets available to those aged 25 and under.

Audio Described performance
Sat 11 Sep 2.30pm (Touch Tour 12.45pm)
Book by calling Box Office on 020 7359 4404. £5 Audio Described tickets available to those aged 25 and under. Find our audio introduction here>

Talkback
Thu 9 Sep after 7.30pm performance
Post-show talk with members of the cast. Free to same-day ticket holders. Captioning provided.

Almeida For Free
Free performance and workshops on Fri 3 Sep for those aged 25 and under. More info>

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Concessions
All concession tickets are limited and subject to availability. Proof of eligibility is required. More info

Access
D/deaf and disabled patrons and a companion can buy tickets for £25 for all performances by calling the Box Office on 020 7359 4404.

25 & Under
£5 tickets are available to those aged 25 and under for performances on 21, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 30 & 31 Aug. Enter code 25UNDER when selecting your seats. Tickets on sale here.

Under 30s
If you are aged 30 or under can book second-price-band tickets for £15 on Mon-Thu performances and Sat matinees.

Students, Over 65s & Unemployed
Audiences who are Students, aged over 65, or claiming Jobseekers Allowance can book second-price-band tickets for £25 on Mon-Thu evenings, and Wed & Sat matinees. This concession is also applicable for top-price tickets on Wed & Sat matinees.

Islington First
If you live or work in the Islington area you can book best available seats for £25 on all performances, subject to availability. Enter the promo code ISFIRST when selecting your seats. For applicable postcodes see here

NHS and Blue Light Card holders
Use code BLUELIGHT when selecting your seats to book second-price-band tickets for £25 on Mon-Thu evenings, and top-price tickets on Wed & Sat matinees for £25. Limited to 2 tickets per person.

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Theatre includes: The Mikvah Project (Orange Tree Theatre & The Yard); Mrs. Camel (Young Vic); Buggy Baby (The Yard); Victoria's Knickers (National Youth Theatre/ Soho Theatre); 10,000 Smarties (Three Streets Productions/ Oxford Festival Of the Arts).

TV includes: The Night After (BBC/ Century Films/ Headlong); The Box (NENT Group).

Radio includes: The Mikvah Project (Lockdown Theatre Festival on BBC Radio 4).

Theatre as a director includes: Come in! Sit Down! (Kiln Theatre / Muslim Jewish Theatre Company); The Man Who Almost Killed Himself (Summerhall, Edinburgh/ Odeon cinemas/ BBC iPlayer); On Dis Ting (Oval House).

“A brave, hilarious and singular play”

Time Out

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“A slow-burning absurdist thriller”

The Stage

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“A visually stunning show with sparkling wit, enduring wisdom and a warning not just for the future, but for the right here, the right now.”

Broadway World

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"Deeply shocking and oddly elating"

Independent

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★★★★ This work marks Josh Azouz out as an ambitious talent

FT

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Additional information

Contains smoking (of herbal cigarettes) as well as references to, and depictions of violence. Recommended for ages 14+.

The running time is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including an interval. Find out more about our running times here.

Read more about our production guidance and warnings, or contact Box Office if you have specific concerns.

Cast & Creatives

By Josh Azouz
Direction Eleanor Rhode
Design Max Johns
Light Jess Bernberg
Sound David Gregory
Casting Director Ginny Schiller CDG
Fight Direction Rachel Bown-Williams & Ruth Cooper-Brown of Rc-Annie Ltd
Assistant Director Sepy Baghaei

Cast
Adrian Edmondson
Laura Hanna
Ethan Kai
Pierro Niel-Mee
Yasmin Paige
Daniel Rainford

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