The Spoils at Trafalgar Studios

Trafalgar Studio One, London

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The Spoils starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kunal Nayyar at Trafalgar Studios.

Don’t miss the European premiere of the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway production of The Spoils, a razor-sharp new comedy written by and starring internationally acclaimed actor Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice) and The Big Bang Theory’s Kunal Nayyar.

A cuttingly satirical glimpse of a lost soul searching to assent the reality of his situation. Perceptively disconcerting, The Spoils speaks to the exasperated, self-analysing millennial generation. A painfully awkward comedy, not to be missed!

The Spoils plays a strictly limited run from 27 May 2016 until 13 August 2016 at Trafalgar Studios.


Nobody likes Ben. Ben doesn’t even like Ben. He bullies everyone in his life, including his roommate Kalyan, an earnest Nepalese immigrant. When Ben discovers that his school crush is marrying a straight-laced banker, he sets out to destroy their relationship and win her back.


The cast features Jesse Eisenberg (Ben), Kunal Nayyar (Kalyan), Alfie Allen (Ted), Katie Brayben (Sarah) and Annapurna Sriram (Reshma).

Jesse Eisenberg (Ben) is a BAFTA, Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee, garnering praise for his portrayal of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network. A multifaceted and dynamic actor, he is also an acclaimed author and playwright.

Kunal Nayyar (Kalyan) is best known for playing loveable astrophysicist Raj Koothrappali on television’s #1 comedy, The Big Bang Theory. Kunal starred in the original cast of The Spoils at The Pershing Square Signature Center, and will be making his West End debut in the play this year. Previous theatre credits include: Huck and Holden (Dahlia Theater, Los Angeles) and Love’s Labour’s Lost (RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon).

Alfie Allen makes his West End debut in The Spoils. He is best know for playing Theon Greyjoy in Game of Thrones. Previous theatre credits include the natioal tour of Equus.

Katie Brayben’s theatre credits include My Mother Said I Never Should at the St James Theatre, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical at the Aldwych Theatre, King Charles III at the Almeida Theatre/Wynham’s Theatre, American Psycho at the Almeida Theatre and Company at Southwark Playhouse.


Written by Jesse Eisenberg and directed by Scott Elliott, The Spoils has set design by Derek McLane, costume design by Susan Hilferty, lighting design by Peter Kaczorowski, sound design by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen and projection design by Olivia Sebesky.


4star “Jesse Eisenberg gives a must-see performance” The Telegraph
4star “Genuinely funny and intelligent” The Independent
“Jesse Eisenberg gives riveting portrayal of a misfit” Evening Standard
“Completely compelling” Time Out
“Eisenberg has the comic rhythm of Woody Allen” The Guardian

Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 13 August 2016

Important Notes

Kunal Nayyar will not be appearing in performances from 1st to 13th August.

Venue Information

Trafalgar Studio One, 14 Whitehall, London, London, SW1A 2DY
Nearest Tube or Train: Charing Cross (Northern line, Bakerloo line)
Nearest Buses: 3, 9, 11, 12, 24, 29, 53, 77A, 88, 153, 159
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