Peter Nichols’ funny and moving masterpiece, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, is the extraordinary play inspired by the author’s own experience of raising his daughter. A story about family, it shines a light on her parents’ caring for their disabled daughter, affectionately nicknamed “Joe Egg”, and how they live using wild wry humour to keep the family together.
This new production brings together some of Britain’s greatest actors including Toby Stephens (Oslo, Lost in Space), Claire Skinner (Outnumbered) as husband and wife, Bri and Sheila, who star alongside Olivier Award winner Patricia Hodge (Miranda, National Theatre’s Money) as Bri’s mother, all making their long-awaited returns to the West End in this new production from leading director Simon Evans (Killer Joe, Arturo Ui).
Hilarious and heartbreaking, this vitally important story will pierce your heart one moment, and fill it with warmth the next. With its courageous humour and astonishing honesty, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg is the must see play of the autumn.
A humbling, thought-provoking performance that will spark crucial conversations and touch both the mind and heart
There are excellent performances from a cast including Toby Stephens and Claire Skinner, in a fine revival of Nichols’ humane play
A revival with verve, but lacking impact
Listless revival of the late Peter Nichols’s black comedy about two parents and their disabled daughter
Pin-sharp revival is as heartbreaking and funny as ever
A powerful revival, featuring fantastic acting and writing which has aged surprisingly well
Whilst the play's mandate is clearly to make an audience both laugh and cry, it is frustrating that this production is more capable of the latter. It feels like a production that has more to say but backs out at vital moments.
Sharp revival of Peter Nichols's taboo-busting fantasia is magnificent
Both savage and compassionate
Engaging but too-clean revival of Peter Nichols’ frank, funny and wrenching play about parenting a disabled child