A Day In The Death of Joe egg
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Toby Stephens (Oslo, Lost in Space) and Claire Skinner (Outnumbered) make their long-awaited returns to the West End stage in Peter Nichols' (Privates on Parade, Passion Play) frank and moving masterpiece A Day in the Death of Joe Egg.

Bri and Sheila have been struggling to care for their disabled 10-year old daughter Josephine ever since she was born. Nicknaming her "Joe Egg", they lose themselves in fantasy games and black humour to help cope with the struggle of their daily reality. Directed by Simon Evans (Killer Joe, Arturo Ui), this remarkable story challenges all our assumptions on the limits of love and the power of family.

Written and set in the 1960s, Joe Egg was one of the ground-breaking plays for a generation, and the issues faced by two parents in this hilarious and heart-breaking play still resonate with audiences today.

Now this startlingly funny, celebrated play returns to the West End for a limited season.
'Heartbreaking. Funny. Full of bravery.'
Metro

'Pin-sharp. Heartbreaking and funny'
Evening Standard

'A celebrated tragi-comic masterpiece. MAGNIFICENT!'
The Arts Desk

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The Arts Desk

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Evening Standard

★★★★
Metro

★★★★
Telegraph

★★★★
London Theatre

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PATRICIA HODGE JOINS CAST OF A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG (15 AUGUST 2019)

It's been announced today that Olivier Award winner and Miranda star Patricia Hodge will join the cast of Peter Nichols' funny and moving masterpiece A Day in the Death of Joe Egg. Hodge will star opposite Toby Stephens (Oslo, Lost in Space) and Claire Skinner (Outnumbered, The Father). The production opens at London's Trafalgar Studios on 21 September (Press Night 2 October).

Hodge made her West End debut under the watchful eye of Bob Fosse in Pippin at The National Theatre and has starred in classics like Look Back In Anger and A Little Night Music. Hodge has received three Olivier Award nominations and won the 2000 Olivier Award for her performance in Money at the National Theatre. Best known recently for playing Penny, the hilarious middle-class mother in the BAFTA-nominated television series Miranda (BBC One), Hodge has also enjoyed an illustrious career on the small screen. Her numerous TV roles have seen her star in iconic shows like Downton Abbey, Rumpole Of The Bailey Hodge and more recently the Golden Globe nominated A Very English Scandal.

A Day in the Death of Joe Egg is Peter Nichols' powerful and moving play about the issues faced by two parents raising a disabled child - which was inspired by his own experience of bringing up his disabled daughter. This new production, directed by Simon Evans (Killer Joe, Arturo Ui), reunites Stephens and Skinner after 18 years and Hodge now joins the duo taking on the role of Bri's mum Grace.

Patricia Hodge said: "This play was ground breaking in the 1960s. We live in different times but its relevance and impact is ever more powerful. I am delighted to be joining Toby and Claire to tell the story on the West End stage, in this new production of Peter Nichols' profound and moving play."

This startlingly funny, celebrated play - which will break your heart one minute and fill it with warmth the next - is in the West End for a limited season until Saturday 30 November. Further casting will be announced soon.



A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG GETS WEST END REVIVAL (30 JULY 2019)

Toby Stephens and Claire Skinner will make their long-awaited returns to the West End stage this autumn in Peter Nichols' play A Day in the Death of Joe Egg.

Directed by Simon Evans, this revival of Nichols' bittersweet comedy reunites Stephens and Skinner who last worked together 18 years ago on the award-winning BBC TV drama Perfect Strangers, but will now be performing on stage together for the very first time. The production will run at London's Trafalgar Studios from 21 September 2019 to 30 November, with a press night on 2 October. Further casting will be announced soon.

Bri (Stephens) and Sheila (Skinner) have been struggling to care for their disabled 10-year old daughter Josephine ever since she was born. Nicknaming her "Joe Egg", they lose themselves in fantasy games and black humour to help cope with the struggle of their daily reality.
Inspired by Nichols' own experience of bringing up his disabled daughter in the 1960s, Joe Egg was one of the ground-breaking plays of its generation and the issues faced by two parents in this bittersweet comedy still resonate with audiences today.

Toby Stephens said: "I'm thrilled to be part of a revival of this fantastic play. Reading it for the first time, I couldn't believe that it had been written in the late sixties; it felt so vivid, dark and anarchically funny. The play still feels very raw and relevant, today. I'm very glad to be working with Claire Skinner again after quite a long interval - some 18 years! I think she is a very fine actor and I was really excited to hear that she wanted to do the play as well."

Claire Skinner said: "I'm really looking forward to coming back to the West End with this complex, thought-provoking and funny play and I'm also looking forward to working with Toby again after 18 years!"

Simon Evans said: "At a time when the act of living well from day to day seems tougher than ever, I can't help but resonate with the characters in Joe Egg: displaying such wit, weakness, cruelty and courage as they struggle on. I've been a fan of Toby and Claire for years and the opportunity to explore Bri and Sheila with actors of their calibre, and share Peter's seminal play again with a London audience, is such an honour."







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Type of production: Play

Opened: 21 September 2019

Booking until: 30 November 2019

Running time: 2 Hours 30 Mins

Prices: £34.00 - £168.00

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