The Suicide

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Nikolai Erdman’s darkly comic satirical masterpiece is reimagined by Suhayla El-Bushra in contemporary urban Britain, with numerous parties gathering to bid for publicity of The Suicide of an apathetic no-hoper at the National Theatre Lyttelton. Read More >

Nikolai Erdman’s darkly comic satirical masterpiece is reimagined by Suhayla El-Bushra in contemporary urban Britain, with numerous parties gathering to bid for publicity of The Suicide of an apathetic no-hoper at the National Theatre Lyttelton.

Sam is out of options. He has no job, he’s claimed his last benefits, and he finds himself cooped up in a small, dilapidated flat with girlfriend Maya and her Mum. With a mountain of pressure building on his shoulders, he can only see the end.

But when news of his imminent demise gets out, Sam soon finds himself swamped by people desperate to capitalise on the seeming inevitability of his fate – and the swathes of publicity sure to come with it. From corrupt local politicians to kids trying to raise the number of views of their online videos, Sam seems worth more soon-to-die than actually alive. It scarcely matters what he actually wants.

Faced with the promise of immortality, what’s his life worth?

The Suicide is a provocative, fast-paced and very funny farce which questions the value of human life, and the values of those interested in it. 

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Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 06/04/2016

Opening Night: 13/04/2016

Closing Night: 25/06/2016

Security note: For your comfort and security, you may be subject to additional checks on your visit to London theatres. Please contact the venue for more information.

Cast & Creative

Cast

Marcus Adolphy, Ayesha Antoine, Pal Aron, Nathan Clarke, Chloe Hesar, Elizabeth Hill, Lisa Jackson, Michael Karim, Paul Kaye, Ashley McGuire, Valentine Olukoga, Roxanne Palmer, Javone Prince, Joseph Prouse, Pooky Quesnel, Adrian Richards, Sule Rimi, Tom Robertson, Rebecca Scroggs, Lizzie Winkler

Creative

Director - Nadia Fall

Designer - Ben Stones

Lighting Designer - Paule Constable

Author - Suhayla El-Bushra after Erdman