A day in the death of Joe Egg
Peter Nichols’ funny and moving masterpiece, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, is the extraordinary play inspired by the author’s own experience of raising his daughter. A story about family, it shines a light on her parents’ caring for their disabled daughter, affectionately nicknamed “Joe Egg”, and how they live using wild wry humour to keep the family together.
This new production brings together some of Britain’s greatest actors including Toby Stephens (Oslo, Lost in Space), Claire Skinner (Outnumbered) as husband and wife, Bri and Sheila, who star alongside Olivier Award winner Patricia Hodge (Miranda, National Theatre’s Money) as Bri’s mother, all making their long-awaited returns to the West End in this new production from leading director Simon Evans (Killer Joe, Arturo Ui).
Hilarious and heartbreaking, this vitally important story will pierce your heart one moment, and fill it with warmth the next. With its courageous humour and astonishing honesty, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg is the must see play of the autumn.
‘Bittersweet portrait of parental pain’
‘There are excellent performances from a cast including Toby Stephens and Claire Skinner, in a fine revival of Nichols’ humane play’
‘Both savage and compassionate’
‘Peter Nichols’s play was ground-breaking in 1967 and remains heartbreaking and savagely funny today’
‘Sharp revival of Peter Nichols’s taboo-busting fantasia is magnificent’
The Arts Desk