A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

Trafalgar Studios · 21 SEP - 30 NOV

Toby Stephens (Oslo, Lost in Space) and Claire Skinner (Outnumbered) make their long-awaited returns to the West End stage.

Lyn Gardner avatar
20 September 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“Playwright Peter Nichols died recently aged 92 after a long and illustrious career during which he went in and out of fashion. Joe Egg, about a couple raising a disabled child, was based on Nichols’ own experience of raising a disabled daughter who died aged 11. The play premiered at Glasgow’s Citizens Theatre, directed by Michael Blakemore, before transferring to the West End where the critic Irving Wardle praised it for having "significantly shifted our boundaries of taste." Times change and it will be interesting to see how Nichols’ black humour is received in more sensitive times. It certainly has an all-star cast with Patricia Hodge plus Toby Stephens and Claire Skinner as the parents struggling to cope.”
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16 September 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“This black comedy has a fantastic cast. Claire Skinner & Toby Stephens are well known for their film & tv work but both have great theatre pedigree. Together, they play a struggling married couple who’s child, Josephine, has cerebral palsy. Moving & darkly funny, it follows their attempts to cope with the strains of caring for their child.”

Overview

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.

Critic reviews

A humbling, thought-provoking performance that will spark crucial conversations and touch both the mind and heart

West End Wilma

There are excellent performances from a cast including Toby Stephens and Claire Skinner, in a fine revival of Nichols’ humane play

The Guardian

A revival with verve, but lacking impact

The Times

Listless revival of the late Peter Nichols’s black comedy about two parents and their disabled daughter

Time Out

Pin-sharp revival is as heartbreaking and funny as ever

Evening Standard

A powerful revival, featuring fantastic acting and writing which has aged surprisingly well

The Upcoming

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.

WhatsOnStage

Sharp revival of Peter Nichols's taboo-busting fantasia is magnificent

The Arts Desk

Both savage and compassionate

The Telegraph

Engaging but too-clean revival of Peter Nichols’ frank, funny and wrenching play about parenting a disabled child

The Stage

Date & time

Show ended
Sat 21 Sep - Sat 30 Nov, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Venue

Trafalgar Studios
14 Whitehall SW1A 2DY London, UK · Get Directions
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