based on the novel by Ingvar Ambjørnsen
in original stage adaptation by Axel Hellstenius in collaboration with Petter Næss
In a new version by Simon Bent
The most blissfully funny and touching evening I've had in the theatre for ages - Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
Elling is one of those rare, precious pieces of spoken-word drama that persuades even sour old cynics like me to go home riding high on waves of joie de vivre. There is no better theatrical tonic in town.
Mummy's boy Elling (Simm) and his roommate, the uncouth reluctant virgin Kjell Bjarne (Bower) are the Odd Couple of Oslo: a pair of confused souls taking their first steps in the outside world after years of an isolated and institutional life. Given a flat in the city by social services, their mission is to re-assimilate themselves into society - it’s either that or a return to the asylum. All they have to do is convince their social worker that they really are ‘normal’, even if it does feel safer sleeping in a wardrobe...
After a sell-out season at the Bush Theatre, this critically-acclaimed production now transfers to the West End for a limited season. Based on the award-winning cult film, Elling stars John Simm (Life on Mars, State of Play), Adrian Bower (Teachers).
Moving and very, very funny. Thoroughly life-affirming - Sam Marlowe, The Times
Simm delivers a tour de force in the title role.Adrian Bower is a delight - Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph