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A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

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Closed November 30, 2019

It's a play and a situation shot through with pain - but also human resilience and love, too.

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Why See A Day in the Death of Joe Egg?

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A Funny and moving masterpiece

Starring Toby Stephens, Claire Skinner, Storme Toolis and Patricia Hodge! 

Toby Stephens (Black Sails, Oslo) and Claire Skinner (Outnumbered, The Father) return to the West End this autumn to star in this brand new revival of Peter Nichol's 1967 black comedy. As married couple Bri and Shelia, Stephens and Skinner will navigate the toll that raising their severely disabled daughter Josephine has had on their relationship and how they use fantasy to approach their child and her needs.

Provocative in its use of bleak humour to address Joe's suffering and the taboos society places on it, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg was last seen in London in 2001, with Clive Owen and Victoria Hamilton and has twice been committed to celluloid, once in 1970 and again in 2002. This new production will see direction from Simon Evans (Killer Joe). A groundbreaking piece upon its premiere, it is likely to prove an interesting choice for the venue.

What is the story?

Bri and Shelia have spent the last 10 years dedicated to caring for their daughter Josephine who suffers from Cerebral Palsy and is almost entirely brain dead. Regardless, Shelia still strives to give Joe a good life whilst hoping for a remarkable recovery. Bri, on the other hand, is increasingly weary and begins to think of a way to end his family's pain, forever...

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Dates

Previews from: 21 September 2019

Opening night: 3 October 2019

Audience

Please note, this show includes the smoking of herbal cigarettes

Cast and Creative

Cast

Toby Stephens as Bri
Claire Skinner as Sheila
Patricia Hodge as Grace
Storme Toolis as Joe Egg

Creative

Written by Peter Nichols
Directed by Simon Evans

What we thought

Dark intimate LOVEABLE

It's not an easy play to watch but, strangely, it is very loveable. This is probably thanks to the beautifully nostalgic set and brilliant cast.

A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg primes audiences to expect the unusual right from the play's name. Then there's the subject matter - relationship drama meets raising a severely handicapped child - which is not something you see every day on stage.

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Wendy Fynn

Wendy Fynn

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