Ustinov Studio David Edgar

Trying It On

Written and performed by David Edgar
  • 3 - 7 September
Trying It On

Event Information

Tuesday - Saturday 7.45pm
Matinees Thursday & Saturday 2.30pm

Running time: 1 hour 25 minutes

Performed from Tue 3 — Sat 7 Sep

One of the UK’s most prolific and acclaimed dramatists takes to the stage in this fascinating deliberation on how, why and whether our opinions change in the course of time.

It’s 1968. David Edgar is 20 and in his second-year at University.It is the height of the world-wide student revolt. The Vietnam war rages. Enoch Powell delivers his “rivers of blood” speech. Martin Luther King is assassinated. These events will define David’s politics and give focus of his writing.

It’s 50 years on. The 70-year-old is confronted by the 20-year-old. Do they share the same beliefs? If not, is it the world that’s changed, or him? Why did his generation vote Brexit? Has he sold in or sold out?

After 50 years of writing, Trying It On marks David Edgar’s professional debut as a performer.

★★★★ “Witty but never cynical … as charming as it is challenging … Hugely stimulating” The Times

★★★★ “Measured and moving” The Stage

“A triumph of confessional courage – and relentless optimism” The Guardian

Tuesday – Saturday 7.45pm
Matinees Thursday & Saturday 2.30pm

Tickets: £22.50 / £19.50  discounts

A booking fee of £1.75 per ticket applies

Directed by Christopher Haydon

Design – Frankie Bradshaw

Video and Lighting – William Reynolds

Sound Designer – Ella Wahlström


The Ustinov foyer and bar are open from one hour prior to the performance.

Doors open approximately 15 minutes prior to the performance unless otherwise stated.

PLEASE NOTE: Print At Home tickets are only valid as A4 printouts. We cannot currently accept tickets presented on phones/tablets.

The Box Office at the Ustinov Studio is open from approximately 30 minutes prior to each performance.

There is a lift from the Foyer to the Stalls level of the Ustinov Studio. Access to the Circle level is by stair access only.

Full terms and conditions for ticket bookings can be found here