Plays at The Garrick: The Painkiller

The Painkiller at the Garrick Theatre

Garrick Theatre, London

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Starring Rob Brydon and Kenneth Branagh, The Painkiller is part of Kenneth Branagh’s season of Plays at the Garrick theatre.

Rob Bryden and Kenneth Branagh star in Sean Foley’s adaptation of Francis Veber’s hilariously dark, classic French farce. This is a comic tour-de-force.

The Painkiller runs from 5 March 2016 until 30 April 2016 at the Garrick Theatre.


Two men. Two lonely hotel rooms. An adjoining door… One of them is a killer… one of them wants to die… What could possibly go wrong? The laughs ensue in this farcical physical comedy!


The cast includes Kenneth Branagh, Rob Brydon, Claudie Blakley, Marcus Fraser, Mark Hadfield and Alex Macqueen


Directed by Sean Foley with design by Alice Power, sound by Ben & Max Ringham and lighting by Tim Mitchell.

Sean Foley is an award-winning actor, writer and director. He co-founded The Right Size, creating over ten original comedies for the theatre including the Olivier Award-winning and Tony-nominated production of The Play What I Wrote (Best Comedy 2002), Do You Come Here Often? (Best Entertainment 1999), and Ducktastic! (Albery Theatre – Best Entertainment nomination 2006).


★★★★ “Branagh and Brydon are perfect pair in furious farce” The Guardian
★★★★ “Branagh clowns around to score a hit as farce’s hilarious hitman” Evening Standard
★★★★ “Stylish. Funny. Raucous.” The Times
★★★★ “Branagh and Brydon at their comic best.” The Telegraph

Venue Information

Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0HH
Nearest Tube or Train: Charing Cross (Northern line, Bakerloo line), Embankment (Northern line, Bakerloo line, District line, Circle line), Leicester Square (Northern line, Piccadilly line)
Nearest Buses: 3, 6, 9, 12, 13, 15, 24, 29, 30

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