God of Carnage Tickets

Lyric Hammersmith, London
1 September 2023 - 30 September 2023
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They say kids will be kids, but the adults are worse – much worse.

Yasmina Reza’s Olivier Award-winning comedy-drama God of Carnage is revived at Lyric Hammersmith this Autumn.

Translated into English by Christopher Hampton, God of Carnage is a ruthlessly comic study of middle-class parenting. Lyric’s Associate Director Nicholai La Barrie directs.

The 2008 production won the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy and the Tony Award for Best New Play.

God of Carnage runs from 1 September 2023 until 30 September 2023 at Lyric Hammersmith, London.

What's the story of God of Carnage?

The other day in the park, 11 year old Ferdinand knocked 11 year old Bruno’s two front teeth out. Their parents meet up to have a civil conversation about the misdemeanours of their children in a suitably calm and rational way… what can go wrong?  As night falls chaos ensues with explosive tantrums, name-calling and tears. They say kids will be kids, but the adults are worse – much worse.

Who are the creative team of God of Carnage?

Written by Yasmina Reza with english translation by Christopher Hampton. 

Direction by Nicholai La Barrie.

Show Information

Performance dates
1 September 2023 - 30 September 2023
Age restrictions
Running time
2 hours (including interval)

Venue Information

Lyric Hammersmith, King Street, Lyric Square, Hammersmith, W6 0QL
Nearest Tube or Train: Hammersmith (District, Piccadilly, Circle, Hammersmith & City)
Nearest Buses: 27, 110, 190, 218, 267, 306, H91, N9, N11, N266

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God of Carnage review – at the Gielgud Theatre
I'm not quite sure what Yasmina Reza makes of Christopher Hampton's sparkling adaptation of her latest play God of Carnage. She has gone on record as saying her bleak and futile view of humanity and profound insights into life and relationships are often lost in translation. She has also said that she wants her audiences to suffer. Well, if the reaction on the night I attended the play is any indication – Hampton has let her down badly, leaving Ms Reza to sob all the way to the bank. The audience, myself included, laughed hysterically and enjoyed themselves enormously at what, in effect, is an uproarious comedy of bad manners involving two bourgeois French married couples who meet for the first time when their respective schoolboy sons become involved in a playground skirmish resulting in one of them having two front teeth knocked out. What begins as a civilised confrontation between the two sets of parents slowly develops into a gloves off row ending in a Pyrrhic victory. In the process, both couples reveal their frailties and strengths, their dormant fears and anxieties and their emotional shortcomings and insecurities. Hampton excavates more laughs from this all-too-recognisable situation than Ms Reza ever intended and by so doing has created a crowd-pleaser, which, like the same team's ‘ART’, will run for years and survive several cast changes. The present cast Janet Mcteer and Ken Stott, in whose home the play takes place, and Ralph Fiennes and Tamsin Greig as the couple whose son inflicted the damage – are absolutely superb. Mark Thompson's blood-red living room set strikingly compliments the fiery passions aroused, and the incisive direction, alive to every nuance in the text, is by Matthew Warchus. The West End has a towering hit on its hands. Sorry about that, Yasmina. CLIVE HIRSCHHORN. Courtesy of This Is London. GIELGUD THEATRE.

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