About What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank

Marylebone Theatre, London
4 October 2024 - 23 November 2024

Book tickets to new play What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank at the Marylebone Theatre in London.

Based on the Pulitzer-finalist short story by Nathan Englander, brand new serious-comedy What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank is playing in London this autumn 2024.

The play stars The West Wing and Big Bang Theory actor Joshua Malina, and is directed by Olivier and Tony Award-winner Patrick Marber (Leopoldstadt).

What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank is playing the Marylebone Theatre from 4 October to 23 November 2024.


Show Information

Performance dates
4 October 2024 - 23 November 2024
Age restrictions
14+
Running time
2 hours (including interval)
Performance days
Evenings: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Thursday, Saturday

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What's the story of What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank ?

WHAT: A serious new comedy.
WE: Two Jewish couples; one secular, the other ultra-Orthodox.
TALK: The argument none of them meant to have.
ABOUT: Identity, Politics, Parenthood and Getting High.
WHEN: Present day Florida.
WE: A college dropout who claims to be a Pastafarian
TALK: Provocative, Hilarious, Painful, Honest.
ABOUT: Gaza, Israel, the Holocaust, Nazis, Marriage, Sex.
ANNE: A nice Jewish girl…
FRANK: is not in this play.

Who is in the cast of What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank ?

Starring Joshua Malina as Phil

Further casting to be announced

Who are the creative team of What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank ?

Written by Nathan Englander, Directed by Patrick Marber

Design by Anna Fleischle, sound design by David Gregory

Further creatives to be announced


Important Notes

Content warnings: Strong language, discussion of sensitive topics including current world politics and international relations, drug use


Venue Information

Marylebone Theatre, Rudolf Steiner House, 35 Park Road , London, NW1 6XT
Nearest Tube or Train: Baker Street (underground), London Marylebone (train)
Nearest Buses: 13, 113, 139, 189, 274, N113
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What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank is playing at the Marylebone Theatre in London
The running time of What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank is 2 hours (including interval)
The age recommendations for What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank are: 14+
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Yes, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank has matinee performances on the following days: Thursday, Saturday

News about What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank

New play What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank coming to Marylebone Theatre in London starring Joshua Malina
New play What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank coming to Marylebone Theatre in London starring Joshua Malina
Marylebone Theatre in London has announced new play What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank for their Autumn 2024 season. Directed by Olivier and Tony Award-winning director Patrick Marber (Leopoldstadt, Dealer's Choice), What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank is a new serious comedy by Nathan Englander, based on his acclaimed 2011 short story in The New Yorker. US film and stage actor Joshua Malina (A Few Good Men, Will Bailey on The West Wing), who recently appeared in the Broadway production of Leopoldstadt directed by Patrick Marber, will make his London theatre debut starring as Phil in the play. The play is billed as a serious new comedy, centred on two Jewish couples - one secular, the other ultra-Orthodox. Nathan Englander’s short story collection What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank was first published in 2012, winning the 2012 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The play is brought to Marylebone Theatre by the producers of the Marylebone Theatre's 2023 hit The White Factory. Joining Patrick Marber in the creative team will be design by Anna Fleischle, and sound design by David Gregory. Full casting and creative team will be announced soon. What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank is playing the Marylebone Theatre from 4 October to 23 November 2024. More about tickets to What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank at the Marylebone Theatre London What They Said Writer Nathan Englander said in a statement: "I first wrote What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank as a short story for the New Yorker Magazine in 2011 and I’ve been rewriting it in different ways ever since. I think my obsession with the piece is probably because the setup is something I see as an increasingly rare occurrence in our ever more polarized and personalized-algorithm driven lives. That is, two best friends, now on opposite ends of political, religious, and economic spectrums come together to talk and laugh and cry it all out—and to see if any of the love they’ve long felt for each other can survive. As for working with Patrick Marber, it’s been a dream. We dove into a rewrite of the play more than a year ago and have not come up for air since. It’s been some of the most intense and joyous and depressing work I’ve ever done, and beyond symbiotic tackling the piece together. As relates to the difference in our own styles of communication, I’d like to take this moment to apologize to Patrick for interrupting every single sentence he’s tried to utter (but I highly doubt I’ll stop)." Director Patrick Marber said: "I’ve loved Nathan Englander’s work since I read his astounding debut short story collection, ‘For The Relief Of Unbearable Urges’. I’m very excited to be directing this UK premiere of his new play. It’s a rare thing to find a comedy that is both hilarious and deeply serious. I’m greatly looking forward to rehearsals with this exceptional cast and with the remarkable Mr Englander in attendance."

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