CORONAVIRUS: All UK venues closed on 16th March 2020 and there is currently no planned re-opening time though it will not be before 1st June 2020 and is most likely to be September (according to some West End producers).
Some shows have been cancelled, or closed early, but many are being rescheduled and we are trying to keep up with the changes - assume that anything posted for April and May is actually postponed or cancelled. Pantomimes are possible but a few venues and shows may not return and larger venues and tours are unlikely to re-appear before 2021 though we have some hope for some panto ....
Adapted from Nikolai Erdman's satirical comedy The Suicide. Dying For It centres on Semyon, unemployed, living in the hallway and watching his wife Masha slave all the hours God sends. When his last hope to earn a crust and gain some self-respect disappears, he decides to take his own life. Word gets out of his intention and he finds himself inundated with visitors begging him to die on their behalf. On the night he is to shoot himself they hold a party, at which point events spiral to a glorious climax. Erdman's The Suicide, written in 1928 five years after Stalin took control of the Soviet Union's Communist Party, was an early example of an artistic work coming under the increasingly unforgiving gaze of the Stalinist censor. The play was banned in 1932, before it had even been performed in public - it was not seen in the Soviet Union until 1982. Performers Tom Brooke (Semyon), Dominic Charles-Rouse (Stepan Vasilievich), Susan Brown (Serafima), Charlie Condou (Viktor), Michelle Dockery (Kleopatra), Barnaby Kay (Alexander), Paul Rider (Yegor), Tony Rohr (Father Yelpidy), Sophie Stanton (Margarita), Ronan Vibert (Aristarch), Liz White (Masha), Gil Cohen-Alloro, Stephen Warbeck. AuthorMoira Buffini.Corporate SponsorCoutts and Co.ProducerAlmeida Theatre.DirectorAnna Mackmin.DesignLez Brotherston.LightingNeil Austin.SoundJohn Leonard.ChoreographerScarlett Mackmin.