“A gloriously fizzy cocktail of slapstick, physical theatre and silliness”
"I have a message. A struggle, a mission. Something deep in my guts, a message to share with humanity."
The water is rising. The world outside is crumbling. Alone in a room, an old man and an old woman set out chairs ready for the arrival of a very special audience.
They’ve invited everyone. The dancers, the chancers, the editors, the creditors, the picketers, the hecklers, the Leavers, the Remainers, the Remoaners. Even the bankers. All the movers and shakers are gathering to hear the old man’s final message to humanity. But will the message ever be delivered?
Translated and directed by Omar Elerian (Misty), this “very silly and very funny” (Time Out) new version of Eugène Ionesco’s tragic farce reflects on a life lived together: on what has been, what might have been, and what it all really means.
The cast features, Olivier Award-winner Kathryn Hunter, "one of the greatest stage actors alive" (Vanity Fair), Marcello Magni, co-founder of pioneering theatre company Complicité, and Olivier Award-winning choreographer and performer Toby Sedgwick.
Sat 5 Feb – Sat 5 Mar
Sat 5 – Wed 9 Feb £10 - £35
Fri 11 – Sat 5 Mar £10 - £48.50
(Prices vary per performance)
Captioned performance Thu 24 Feb 7.30pm
Book by calling Box Office on 020 7359 4404. £5 Captioned tickets available to those aged 25 and under from 5pm on Fri 14 Jan.
Audio Described performance Sat 26 Feb 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 from 5pm on Fri 14 Jan.
Relaxed Environment performance Wed 23 Feb 2.30pm
This performance is for anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed audience environment when seeing a production. More info.
Talkback After Thu 24 Feb performance
A captioned post-show talk with members of the company. Free to same-day ticket holders.
Almeida For Free Thu 17 Feb 7.30pm
A free performance exclusively for those aged 25 and under. More info.
All concession tickets are limited and subject to availability. Proof of eligibility is required. Concessions in the final week of performances are only valid for D/deaf and disabled bookings. More info
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.
If you are aged 30 or under, you can book second-price-band tickets for £15 on Mon-Thu performances and Sat matinees.
Students, Over 65s & Unemployed
Book second-price-band tickets for £25 on all performances except Fri & Sat evenings. This concession is also for top-price tickets on matinee performances.
If you live or work in the Islington area you can book best available seats for £25 for performances on 5 - 11 Feb, subject to availability. Enter promo code ISFIRST when selecting your seats. Find applicable postcodes 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.
Kathryn Hunter is an Olivier Award-winning Actress and Director.
For the Almeida: Mr Puntila and his Man Matti (The Right Size, also West End).
As an Actor: The Visit; Foe; Out of the House Walked a Man; Anything for a Quiet Life; Help! I’m Alive; The Winter’s Tale (Complicité); Happy Days; WHY; Fragments; The Valley of Astonishment (Bouffes du Nord); Timon of Athens (RSC/ TFANA); A Tender Thing; Antony & Cleopatra (RSC); Lear; Prometheus Unbound (Epidaurus); The House of Bernarda Alba (Royal Exchange Theatre); The Emperor; Kafka’s Monkey (Young Vic/ TFANA); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (TFANA); The Diver; The Bee (Noda Map/ Young Vic); Yerma (Arcola); Richard III; The Taming of the Shrew (The Globe); The Rose Tattoo; The Devils (Theatr Clwyd); Live Like Pigs; The Recruiting Officer; Our Country’s Good (Royal Court); The Hypochondriac (Lyric Hammersmith); Spoonface Steinberg (West End); Mother Courage (Shared Experience); The Skriker; The Visit (Complicité/ National Theatre).
As Director: Napoleon Disrobed (Arcola Theatre); Othello (RSC); The Birds (National Theatre); Wiseguy Scapino (Theatr Clywd); The Glory of Living (Royal Court); The Comedy of Errors; Pericles (The Globe); My Perfect Mind (Young Vic).
Film includes: The Tragedy of Macbeth; Poor Things; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Tale of Tales; Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix; The Baby of Macon; Maria’s Child; Orlando; All or Nothing.
Television includes: Landscapers; Pilgrim; Les Misérables; Black Earth Rising; Flowers; Rome; Silent Witness; Grushko.
Running time is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes, with no interval. Find out more about our running times here.
Please note this production includes the depiction of a suicide as well as the use of haze and smoke. Read more about our production guidance and warnings, or contact Box Office if you have specific concerns.
Writer Eugène Ionesco
Translator Omar Elerian
Director Omar Elerian
Co-Designer Cécile Trémolières
Co-Designer Naomi Kuyck-Cohen
Lighting Designer Jackie Shemesh
Co-Sound Designer Elena Peña
Co-Sound Designer Pete Malkin
Wigs, Hair and Makeup Co-Designer Suzanne Scotcher
Voice Coach Michaela Kennen
Assistant Director Nastazja Domaradzka
Magic Consultant Patrick Ashe
Artwork photography by David Stewart. Concept by Émilie Chen.