"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, adapted, and directed by Omar Elerian (Misty), this exhilarating 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.
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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)
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Talkback After Thu 24 Feb performance
A captioned post-show talk with members of the company. Free to same-day ticket holders.
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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.
25 & Under
£5 tickets will be available to those aged 25 and under for performances from Sat 5 – Wed 9 Feb & Fri 11 Feb. Enter code 25UNDER when selecting your seats. Tickets go on sale from 5pm on Fri 14 Jan. More info
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.
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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.
Running time TBC. Find out more about our running times here.
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Writer Eugène Ionesco
Translator & Adapter Omar Elerian
Director Omar Elerian
Designer Cécile Trémolières
Lighting Designer Jackie Shemesh
Associate Designer Naomi Kuyck-Cohen
Dialect Coach Michaela Kennen