A bold new adaptation of the radical novel.

“This is a fast-paced adaption of Knut Hasun’s psychological thriller novel from 1890. It was a book that inspired Kafka and HG Wells – and this new version sets out to capture its sense of urban isolation and the impact a life on the margins on mental health.”


A young man moves to the big city with dreams of becoming a writer. But in this unforgiving metropolis, friends are scarce and jobs are even scarcer. Once hunger rocks the core of his reality, how can his youthful spirit – and his sanity – survive?

Hunger is Nobel Prize winner Knut Hamsun’s groundbreaking tale about a mind on the margins, and our universal yearning for connection.

Based on his own early experiences of poverty prior to becoming Norway’s most celebrated novelist, Hamsun’s story revolutionised the psychological novel and influenced writers from Franz Kafka to Ernest Hemingway.

This fast-paced new adaptation bursts onto the stage in a timely, world premiere production, directed by the winner of the Peter Hall Emerging Artist Fellowship at the Rose Theatre, Fay Lomas.

Critic reviews

Hunger is ambitious, but Fay Lomas’ production exists in limbo

Theatre Weekly

A timely reminder of the darkness that lurks around the edges of our society and threatens to swallow any one of us


Odoom captures the decline of the protagonist with real sensitivity

Broadway World

Fay Lomas’s production is an empathetic and frightening look at a writer whose senses begin to turn on him as he falls into poverty

The Guardian

Adept and compelling adaptation, which plays too safe with its source and lacks bite

The Stage

All in all HUNGER is an absorbing glimpse into a disturbed mind as it unravels

London Box Office

Despite a charming lead, skilful ensemble work and attractive design, Hunger never quite brings its challenging source material to life

Everything Theatre

Kwami Odoom is utterly compelling as the unnamed young man. He bristles with anxiety and ambition, veering from a meeting with a high-profile journalist to teetering on the edge of starvation


The company is generally solid, shifting between parts in a masterclass of drama school-trained accents sketch work

A Younger Theatre

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Wed 20 Nov - Sat 21 Dec, 3pm & 8pm


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