A Very Very Very Dark Matter

A Very Very Very Dark Matter

3.1 (47) · Contemporary

As dangerous, twisted and funny as his National Theatre and Broadway hit The Pillowman, Martin McDonagh’s new play travels deep into the abysses of the imagination.


In a townhouse in Copenhagen works Hans Christian Andersen, a teller of exquisite and fantastic children’s tales beloved by millions. But the true source of his stories dwells in his attic upstairs, her existence a dark secret kept from the outside world.

Critic reviews

A very very dark view of Hans Christian Andersen

The Telegraph

Too obviously eager to test the boundaries of what audiences find offensive

Evening Standard

Matthew Dunster's production doesn't know where to go or what to do on Anna Fleischle's puppet-filled Santa's grotto of a set


A Very Very Very Dark Matter is going to split opinions. But who wants to be a “sitter on a fencer”, as Andersen might say?

The Times

Martin McDonagh’s new play turns out to be a very big disappointment

The Stage

Martin McDonagh play lacks intellectual nuance

The Independent

A magnificent wild card of a show

Financial Times

Martin McDonagh returns with a bizarre postcolonial parable about the secrets in Hans Christian Andersen’s attic

Time Out

Date & time

Show ended
Wed 10 Oct - Sun 6 Jan, 2.30pm, 3pm & 7.45pm


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