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About the Show Less...

The stage version of the classic Danish film about an explosive family celebration. Read More >

FestenPatriarch Helge Klingenfelt is celebrating his 60th birthday with his family at a magnificent old hotel in the Danish countryside. Gathered together are his loyal wife Elsa, his daughter Helene, and sons Christian and Michael. As the evening progresses Christian feels compelled to break the silence surrounding a dark family secret. The effect is explosive and sets the tone for a celebration no-one will forget.

This production originally opened at the Almeida theatre in March 2004, before transferring to the Lyric in September.

Please note that this production contains strong language and is most suitable for over 15s.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 15/09/2004

Opening Night: 23/09/2004

Closing Night: 16/04/2005

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Cast & Creative


Paul Nicholls (Christian), Carol Royle (Else), William Beck (Michael), Susannah Wise (Mette), Morven Christie (Pia), Jason Baughan (Kim), Sam Beazley (Grandfather), Sam Cox (Poul), Andrew Maud (Lars), Stephen Moore (Helge), Patrick Robinson (Gbatokai), Lisa Palfrey (Helene), Michael Thomas (Helmut)


Director - Rufus Norris

Producer - Almeida

Designer - Ian McNeill

Lighting Designer - Jean Kalman

Sound - Paul Arditti

Author - David Eldridge adapation of the film by Thomas Vinterberg and Mogens Rukov

About Lyric Theatre

Shaftesbury Avenue, London, United Kingdom, W1D 7ES

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