The Shape of Things Tickets

Park Theatre, London
24 May 2023 - 1 July 2023
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First major revival of Neil Labute’s The Shape of Things in 20 years

How far would you go for love? What would you be willing to change?

A fast-moving and thrilling piece of theatre set on a college campus in small-town America. It’s a play about relationships, art and friendship where nothing is quite what it seems.

Nominated for the Olivier award for Best New Comedy, Neil LaBute’s acclaimed play received its world premiere at the Almeida Theatre in 2001, starring Rachel Weisz and Paul Rudd and is revived by the producers of last year’s hit Clybourne Park.

What's the story of The Shape of Things?

Adam, a geeky young student, works part-time in an art museum and video store to pay his way through college. When he meets post-grad art student Evelyn, his life changes as she instils in him a new-found confidence. As she encourages him to change his appearance, soon Adam is attracting attention he has never had before. But how much will he change his perception of himself from what he used to be to what he believes he wants to be?

Who are the creative team of The Shape of Things?

Written by Neil LaBute (The Wicker Man, In The Company of Men) with direction by Nicky Allpress (The Walworth Farce) and set & costume by Peter Butler.

Show Information

Performance dates
24 May 2023 - 1 July 2023
Age restrictions
Running time
No interval
Performance days
Evenings: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Thursday, Saturday

Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.

Venue Information

Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, N4 3JP
Nearest Tube or Train: Finsbury Park (National Rail, Victoria Line, Piccadilly Line)
Nearest Buses: 210, W3, W10, 4, 29, 153, 253, 254, 259, N23, N253, N279

News about The Shape of Things
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Neil LaBute’s The Shape of Things set for revival at Park Theatre Spring 2023
A major revival of The Shape of Things will open at the Park Theatre this Spring. Written by American playwright and film director Neil LaBute, whose work includes In The Company of Men, The Wicker Man & Death at a Funeral, The Shape of Things is a dark comedy about the drama of human relationships, the nature of love and art, and how far would you go for either? Directed by Nicky Allpress, who is currently directing a revival of The Walworth Farce at Southwark Playhouse, this production will be the first major revival since 2004. The Shape of Things premièred at the Temporary Almeida Theatre at Kings Cross in 2001, directed by Neil LaBute, with Paul Rudd, Rachel Weisz, Gretchen Mol, and Fred Weller. The London production opened Off-Broadway later that year, winning the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play. LaBute wrote and directed a 2003 comedy drama film based on his play, featuring the original cast. The play has been revived in Dublin, London and New York. Neil LaBute said, “The Shape of Things remains one of my favourite plays and I am thrilled that it is returning to London this summer, the city where it first came to life in 2001. In today’s world where everyone looks to change, alter or reinvent who they really are, this story continues to be hugely relevant and, in some ways, more so now than ever before. I look forward to working with Nicky Allpress and Trish Wadley and the entire creative team as they bring the production to life at the Park Theatre.” Casting for the production is to be announced. The Shape of Things will run from 24 May 2023 until 1 July 2023 at Park Theatre London.

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