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Young Marx

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Closed December 31, 2017

Telling the story of Karl Marx's early years in London from 1850, when he wasn't so much revolutionary as revolting, it is original, fresh, expansive and full of passion... very funny indeed.


Why See Young Marx?

marx: the wilderness years

Faced with a failing marriage and a frustrating bout of writer's block, this imaginative and affectionately irreverent portrait of the esteemed thinker takes us back to the early years of Karl Henrich Marx. Starring Rory Kinnear as the titular grandfather of communism, Richard Bean and Clive Coleman's play takes us back to 1850 where the 32-year-old is holed up in Dean Street, wasting his talent on ...getting wasted.

The Young Marx is the inaugural show for the Bridge Theatre, the new commercial venue from the ex-National Theatre Artistic Director Nicolas Hynter and Nick Starr. Directed by Hynter (War Horse, The History Boys), it's billed as a look at the human side of the man who became one of modern philosophy's greatest minds, as he causes chaos, a world away from his eventual monument in Highgate Cemetery.

Alongside Kinnear, one of our finest stage and screen actors, the production will also feature the creative team behind Bean's One Man Two Guv'nors. Expect hijinks, hilarity and fantastic performances!

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Previews from: 18 October 2017

Opening night: 27 October 2017


Suitable for audiences aged 12 and upwards

Run time

Two hours and 20 minutes with one interval

And before you stop reading

Manuel Harlan Used under Creative Commons License

Cast and Creative


Rory Kinnear as Marx
Oliver Chris as Engels
Nancy Carroll as Jenny von Westphalen
Laura Elphinstone as Nym
Eben Figueiredo as Schramm
Nicholas Burns as Willich
Tony Jayawardena as Gert "Doc" Schmidt
Miltos Yerolemou as Barthelemy
Duncan Wisbey as Fleece/Darwin
Scott Karim as Grabiner/Singe
Alana Ramsey as Mrs Mullett
Sophie Russell as The Librarian 
Fode Simbo as Peter
William Troughton as Constable Crimp
Joseph Wilkins as Sergeant Savage


Directed by Nicholas Hytner 
Written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman
Designs by Mark Thompson
Lighting by Mark Henderson
Sound by Paul Arditti
Music by Grant Olding
Fight Direction by Kate Waters

What we thought

SHARP Quick engaging

A fast paced comedy that delights

A fresh and contemporary piece that is a very fitting opening to the splendid new venue that it christens.

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Anton: “Deliciously Lowbrow Highbrow Romp!”

What's not to love about a bit of lowbrow with your highbrow theatre fix.... more

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