This May Hurt a Bit at the St James Theatre starring Stephanie Cole

The Other Palace Theatre, London

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Out of Joint returns to the St James Theatre with Stella Feehily’s new play This May Hurt a Bit staring Stephanie Cole.

Following their acclaimed production of Our Country’s Good, Out of Joint return to the St James Theatre in London this summer with Max Stafford-Clark’s acclaimed touring production of NHS play This May Hurt a Bit.

A month after stating “we will stop the top-down reorganisation of the NHS that has got in the way of patient care”, the government launched the biggest top-down reorganisation the service had seen in its 65-year history.

With wit, tenderness and a dose of surrealism, Stella Feehily’s new play explores one family’s journey through the digestive system of the NHS, and asks: what is the prognosis for this much-loved institution?


Stephanie Cole (Waiting for God) stars as Iris, with Jane Wymark as Mariel/The NHS and Tristram Wymark as Winston Churchill/Mr Weaver, plus Brian Protheroe, Frances Ashman and Natalie Klamar.


★★★★ “A touching drama about one family’s encounters with their local hospital intertwines with a surreal, hilarious and hard-hitting examination of the history, politics, economics and day-to-day running of the NHS… Max Stafford-Clark’s direction is masterly. A naturalistic moment moves to tears, a hard fact strikes to anger, an absurdity raises laughter… Each member of his eight-strong cast is a joy to watch, in every single one of their 25 characters. This co-production between Bolton Octagon and Out of Joint is every bit as theatrically entertaining as it is politically committed.” The Observer

★★★★ “Stella Feehily’s passionate, urgently topical play… Our theatre has long been crying out for a new play on the subject” The Guardian

★★★★★ “Told with truth, humour and understanding… Very funny and entertaining. I was enthralled by the production’s complexity, bravado and freshness and also the fine performances of each member of the eight-strong cast. Ensemble theatre at its best.” Oxford Times

★★★★★ “As agit-prop theatre goes, Max Stafford-Clark’s production must surely rank as one of the most stylish ever staged” Whatsonstage

Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 21 June 2014

Venue Information

The Other Palace Theatre, 12 Palace Street, London, SW1E 5JA
Nearest Tube or Train: Victoria (Victoria line, District line, Circle line)
Nearest Buses: 16, 38, 52, 73, 82, 42, 148

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