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

God of Carnage

★★★★★ "Impeccable, hilarious, dazzlingly good" The Times
Rated 5 stars
  • 29 August - 15 September

Event Information

Wednesday 29 August- Saturday 15 September
Evenings 7.30pm
Matinees Thursday & Saturday 2.30pm

Running Time: Approx. 80 minutes (no interval)

Post Show Discussion: Thursday 13 September

★★★★★ “Impeccable production of Yasmina Reza’s razor-sharp play … Hilarious. The casting is perfect … Amanda Abbington and Elizabeth McGovern are dazzlingly good” The Times

★★★★★ “Sublimely funny” Sunday Express

★★★★ “Top-class stuff, well cast and performed like quick tennis …
Elizabeth McGovern is on cracking comic form … the four actors make this show a joy”
 Daily Mail

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.

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). 

★★★★ “A crowd-pleasing delight” Whatsonstage

★★★★ “Genuine laugh out loud moments … Nigel Lindsay is exceptional” BroadwayWorld

“Blisteringly funny performances from the outstanding cast … the auditorium resounded with sharp intakes of breath, gales of laughter and wild applause” Western Daily Press

★★★★ Bristol Post ★★★★ Stage Talk Magazine

Wednesday 29 August- Saturday 15 September
Evenings 7.30pm
Matinees Thursday & Saturday 2.30pm


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.

All tickets for Main House productions include a £2 building levy.

Standard discounts – apply Monday -Thursday evenings and Saturday matinee. £1 off for U16s, students, Seniors (60+), JSA claimants. Only one discount may be claimed per ticket. Please see the ACCESS page for details regarding our Access Register and associated discounts.

Group discounts – 10+ £1 off per ticket; 20+ save 20% on each ticket.

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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