Mark Thomas Checkup: Our NHS @ 70

Mark Thomas Checkup: Our NHS @ 70

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Mark Thomas is 54, the NHS is 70, UK national average life expectancy is 84. If Mark makes it to 84 the NHS will be 100, what will they both look like?

Lyn Gardner avatar
18 April 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“Mark Thomas takes the temperature of the NHS at 70 in a hugely entertaining and utterly unsentimental show which is backed by rigorous research and interviews with policy makers and those working in the NHS. It’s stuffed with facts and figures — did you know that if you get on an East bound tube at Holborn life expectancy drops a year for every station you pass? — but it is also very funny too. A humane and biting 75 minutes that reminds that when humour and anger walk cheek by jowl the theatre can be a place that sparks not just debate but activism.”


Based on a series of interviews with leading experts in and on the NHS and residencies in hospitals and surgeries, Thomas working with director Nicolas Kent, uses his own demise to explore the state we're in. What's going right, what's going wrong and how does it get better?

Following the success of The Red Shed, Cuckooed and 100 Acts of Minor Dissent, don't miss Mark's latest critically-acclaimed show, bursting with his trademark passion and hilarity.

Critic reviews

Infectious wit and political fury (Review from Edinburgh Festival)

The Guardian

Check-Up is meticulously researched by Thomas, who manages spins what might be dry into an engaging and informative 75 minutes where anger and humour bounce off of each other to good purpose (Review from the Edinburgh Festival)

The Independent

Mark Thomas’ impassioned mixture of reportage and storytelling takes the temperature of the NHS

The Stage

Thomas has a style of delivery that for the first few minutes of Nicolas Kent’s production is pleasingly high-energy but quickly becomes relentless and exhausting

Evening Standard

A hilarious, informative, moving, and inspiring tribute

Everything Theatre

A highly engaging evening at the theatre that leaves me politically striving for change and yet completely content with a hearty performance

A Younger Theatre

Date & time

Show ended
Tue 23 Apr - Sat 4 May, 7.30pm


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