Main House Elizabeth McGovern, Amanda Abbington, Ralf Little, Nigel Lindsay

God of Carnage

by Yasmina Reza
  • 29 August - 15 September

Event Information

Wednesday 29 August- Saturday 15 September
Evenings 7.30pm
Weds 5 Sept 7pm (press night)
Matinees Thursday & Saturday 2.30pm (not 30 Aug)

Post Show Discussion: Thursday 13 September

When eleven-year-old Ferdinand hits eleven-year-old Bruno in a playground punch-up and knocks out two of his teeth, the combatants’ enlightened parents decide to meet to talk things over civilly. But once the niceties are done with and the drink starts flowing, it is the parents who turn into spoiled brats.

Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play and the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, this ruthlessly comic study of middle class parenting, by the author of Art, is one of the most successful plays ever in the history of the West End.

Ten years on from its world premiere, Lindsay Posner directs much-loved actors from hit television series, Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey), Amanda Abbington (Sherlock), Ralf Little (The Royle Family) and Nigel Lindsay (Victoria). 

Originally written in French, God of Carnage was translated by Christopher Hampton in 2008. The production went on to win the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy and the Tony Award for Best New Play.

“God of Carnage is a hoot” Sunday Times

“Tense, edgy and funny” The Times

“As deliciously acid as a lemon drop…terrific stuff” Daily Mail

Wednesday 29 August- Saturday 15 September
Evenings 7.30pm
Weds 5 Sept 7pm (press night)
Matinees Thursday & Saturday 2.30pm (not 30 Aug)


Previews & Press Performance: All tickets £15/£25

Weekday evenings & Sat matinee: £24 – £36.50

Sat evening: £26.50 – £38.50

Thursday matinee: £22.50 – £35

A booking fee of £1.50 per ticket applies

Elizabeth McGovern is best-known as Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham in Downton Abbey, a role for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award.

Amanda Abbington played Mary Morstan in the BBC’s Sherlock, Miss Mardle in Mr Selfridge and DS Jo Moffat in Cuffs. She recently starred in the 40th anniversary production of Abigail’s Party.

Ralf Little played Antony Royle in The Royle Family and starred in Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps. He was Olivier Award nominated for Presence at the Royal Court.

Nigel Lindsay‘s numerous stage credits include Broken Glass, Dealer’s Choice and Awake and Sing, and he was Olivier Award nominated for Shrek the Musical. He starred in the film Four Lions.

GOD OF CARNAGE by Yasmina Reza

Translated by Christopher Hampton

Directed by Lindsay Posner

Designed by Peter McKintosh

Box Office is open from 10am – 8pm Monday – Saturday.

Doors open 30 minutes prior to the performance, unless otherwise stated.

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There is a lift for wheelchair users from the Theatre foyer to the Stalls and Royal Circle levels. The Dress Circle and Grand Circle are stair access only.

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