Mon. Nov 29th, 2021

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God of Carnage

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The Apollo Theatre’s 49th season continues with the multi award-winning comedy, God of Carnage, originally written in French, by Razmina Reza, and translated by Christopher Hampton.

Director, Steve Reading, asks: “What happens when two sets of parents meet up to deal with the unruly behaviour of their 11 year-old sons? A calm and rational debate between grown ups about the need to teach kids how to behave properly, or a night of name calling, tantrums and tears?”

The answer gives an iconic Olivier and Tony award-winning play, rich in humour and thought-provoking themes. The setting, a Paris apartment, home to one of the two couples, hosts a superficially civilised discussion which degenerates into an evening of mutual dislike and insults. The author herself noted: “My plays are about people who are well brought up but lose control of themselves.”

With its oblique commentary on the price of success today, God of Carnage is a sharp and extremely funny observation of contemporary social mores.

God of Carnage runs at the Apollo from November 5 to 13 (not Sunday or Monday) at 7.30pm. Book at apollo-theatre.org.uk or on 01983 210010.