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About the Show Less...

Elling and Kjell have to convince their social worker that they are 'normal'; it's that or return to the asylum... Read More >

What’s the point of ever going out when you can get pizza delivered, and all the sex you want on the phone? And who needs a bed to sleep in when there’s a perfectly good wardrobe to stand the night in? Meet Elling and Kjell Bjarne, the Odd Couple of the dysfunctional world. Given a flat in the centre of Oslo by social services, their mission is to re-assimilate themselves back into society. It’s that or return to the asylum. All they have to do is convince their social worker, Frank, that they are ‘normal’…

Simon Bent’s hilarious adaptation, based on the award-winning cult film, stars John Simm who most recently appeared on television in Life on Mars and State of Play.  


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 25/04/2007

Opening Night: 27/04/2007

Closing Night: 26/05/2007

Running time: 2h20

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Cast & Creative


Adrian Bower, Jonathan Cecil,Keir Charles, Ingrid Lacey, John Simm


Director - Paul Miller

Author - Based on a novel by Ingvar Ambjornsen, Stage adaptation by Axel Hellstenius in collaboration with Petter Naess. English adaptation by Simon Bent

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