facebook play-alt chevron-thin-right chevron-thin-left cancel location info chevron-thin-down star-full help-with-circle calendar images mail whatsapp directions_car directions_bike train directions_walk directions_bus close spinner11

The Suicide

First Published 15 April 2016, Last Updated 15 April 2016

What’s it all about?

Sam Desai is a man without hope; living in his mother-in-law’s flat, no job, no benefits, marriage surviving on a thread and only a kebab for solace. When a series of misleading events lead to his nearest and dearest fearing he might just do something stupid, suicide starts to look like it might just be the best option. But as his estate neighbours start knocking on his door to egg him on, each with a reason why they’ll profit from his untimely demise, just exactly who or what is he dying for?

Nadia Fall directs Suhayla El-Bushra’s bonkers update of Erdman’s communist satire, transferring the action from Stalin’s Russia to modern-day London, where a broken Britain is given an energetic lift with hip hop dance, live music and a chorus of comic book, larger-than-life characters.

Who’s in it?

Javone Prince nails the stroppy, anguished and perpetually pissed off Sam, managing to make it perfectly believable the brilliant Rebecca Scroggs’ Maya might just both love and hate him in equal measures. But while Sam might be the one with the (metaphorical) gun in his hand, this black comedy becomes more about the busy body, capitalising crew that happily pick at his carcass before he’s even popped his clogs.

Each is an in your face metaphor for a slice of society. There’s the smarmy local councillor who dreams of making Sam the poster boy for his mental health policy, the overworked, harassed social worker who is rubbing her hands together with glee at the idea of making Sam’s death a case against cuts, the earnest wannabe poet who wants a record deal in exchange for his memorial tribute rap and the trustafarian with a gory destination café on her to do list.

What should I look out for?

Paul Kaye and Lizzie Winkler making sanctimonious smugness hilarious as a pair of dreadlocked documentary making activists.

Sam Jones’ live drumming, which scores sections of El-Bushra’s vibrant script making every day conversation sound like a poetry slam.

The return of Maggie Thatcher to the stage following Billy Elliot The Musical’s closure at the weekend. Believe us, EL-Bushra is as big a fan as Lee Hall.

In a nutshell?

A bit bonkers, a lot bizarre, communist commentary is brought bang up to date in a loud, brash satire that smashes ‘broken Britain’ to pieces.

What’s being said on Twitter?


To see this content you’ll need to allow us to set some additional cookies!

Update your cookie preferences here and enable ‘social and advertising cookies’


To see this content you’ll need to allow us to set some additional cookies!

Update your cookie preferences here and enable ‘social and advertising cookies’

Will I like it?

If you like your acting big, your comedy pun packed and your language filthy, this might just be for you. With its absurdist humour, Ben Stones’ off kilter set and Andrej Goulding’s graphic novel-inspired video projections, it’s a bonkers trip in every sense of the word.

The Suicide is playing until 25 June. You can book tickets through the National Theatre’s website.


Sign up

Related articles

If you click through to seat selection (where you'll see either best available or a seating plan), you will be seeing the most up-to-date prices. If this differs from what we've written on the calendar, please bear with us, as those prices will update soon.

We now sell our famous TKTS Booth discounts online here at Official London Theatre.

We are now cancelling all performances up until and including 31 May 2020 to help us process existing bookings whilst we wait for further clarity from the government in terms of when we will be able to reopen.

We are so sorry that in these testing and difficult times you are not able to enjoy the show you have booked for and hope the following helps clarify next steps in respect of your tickets .

There is nothing that you need to do if your performance has been cancelled, but we do ask for your patience.

If you have booked directly with the theatre or show website for an affected performance, please be assured that they will contact you directly to arrange an exchange for a later date, a credit note/voucher or a refund. If you have booked via a ticket agent they will also be in contact with you directly.

We are processing in strict date order of performance, so you are likely to be contacted after the date you were due to go to the theatre. However, we want to reassure you that you will be contacted, and your order will be processed, but please do bear with us.

We’d like to thank everyone who has been patient and kind in dealing with their ticket providers so far and we are sorry that we cannot process your order as quickly as we would like.

Please do not contact your credit card company as that will slow the process down and put an additional burden on our box office and ticket agent teams.

In order for us to serve our audiences the best we can, please do not get in touch with your point of sale if you have booked for performances after 31 May. Please be reassured that if we have to cancel future performances you will be directly contacted by your theatre or ticket provider. Our producers continue to plan for all eventualities dependent on the individual needs of their shows and we will provide further updates on specific shows as and when they become available.

We look forward to welcoming you back into our theatres as soon as we are allowed to resume performances. In the meantime stay safe and healthy.

While theatres are currently closed, various venues and productions are making announcements for their individual shows, including cancellations and rescheduled performances. Please check with the individual shows for details.