Tickets for A Day in the Death of Joe Egg playing at Trafalgar Studios on sale now!
For the first time in over 15 years, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg by Peter Nichols has returned to the London stage at Trafalgar Studios. This poignant yet funny play is set to star Toby Stephens and Claire Skinner and will be running at Trafalgar Studios for a limited time. Make sure you book A Day in the Death of Joe Egg tickets early to ensure you’ll have the best seats at the best prices to catch this show in its limited 2 month London run.
Peter Nichols' black comedy returns to London
Bri and his wife Sheila have a 10-year-old daughter who was born with cerebral palsy. She is paralysed and unable to communicate and the demands of caring for her round the clock are putting an unimaginable amount of pressure on the couple’s marriage. The couple, but Bri especially seek to deal with the difficulties of their day to day life with a series of comic routines that mock the interactions they have had with doctors, vicars and others around them.
Sheila seems to be finding an outlet through her amateur dramatics but Bri is becoming increasingly frustrated and paranoid. It soon becomes clear that this dark humour isn’t going to solve their problems and the family are confronted by the harsh realities of their lives and are forced to make some decisions.
Unfortunately, it was announced that Peter Nichols passed away on 7 September 2019. His death was only two weeks ahead of the show's opening and Joe Egg will now be presented posthumously for the first time.
Toby Stephens and Claire Skinner to star in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg
Toby Stephens is set to star as weary school teacher and father of ‘Joe Egg,’ Bri. The actor has continued in the footsteps of his famous parents Dame Maggie Smith and Sir Robert Stephens. He has played leading roles in numerous Royal Shakespeare Company productions. He won multiple Ian Charleson Awards as well as a Sir John Gielgud Award. His Broadway debut in Ring Round the Moon earned him a Theatre World Award. His most recent West End performance was in the 2017 production of Oslo at London’s Harold Pinter Theatre. In addition to his stage work, Stephens is a prolific audiobook narrator and radio drama voice actor. His career has extended to the screen most notable are his award-nominated portrayal of Gustav Graves in the 2002 Bond film Die Another Day, his role as Mr Rochester in a BBC television adaptation of Jane Eyre. He also starred in the television series Black Sails and is currently starring in the Netflix series Lost In Space.
Claire Skinner will be joining Stephens on stage as his wife Sheila. Perhaps best known for her role in the BBC series Outnumbered, Skinner has also had a varied stage career. The Olivier and BAFTA award-nominated actress has worked numerous times with director Alan Ayckbourn. She has appeared in many Shakespeare plays at the Royal National Theatre and for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her performance in The Glass Menagerie earned her an Olivier nomination. She has most recently appeared in Nightfall at London’s Bridge Theatre.
Storme Toolis is set to join the pair as the titular Joe Egg. The actress has appeared on The Inbetweeners and The Inbetweeners Movie as well as the television series New Tricks. The actress was born with cerebral palsy and is a great advocate for disabled actors playing disabled roles. Her turn as Joe Egg marks the first time in the West End history of A Day in the Death of Joe Egg that this has happened.
The pair will appear alongside Patricia Hodge. The actress is popularly known for her role on hit comedy series Miranda. The actress has distinguished herself on the stage and screen, winning a BAFTA for her role in the film Hotel du Lac and an Olivier Award for her role in Money. The cast is completed by Athena Stevens, Clarence Smith, Harry Attwell, Lucy Eaton, and Rebecca Hands-Wick.
The show will be directed by Simon Evans. Evans returns to Trafalgar Studios after directing the hit Killer Joe starring Orlando Bloom there last year. Olivier Award-winner Peter McKintosh (Crazy for You, Hello, Dolly!, The 39 Steps) does the design for A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, with lighting by Prema Mehta and sound and composition by Ed Lewis.
A Day in the Death of Joe Egg throughout the years
The 1967 play premiered at the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow and went on to transfer to the West End’s Comedy Theatre (now the Harold Pinter Theatre). The next year the play transferred to Broadway where it was nominated for 4 Tony Awards. In 1972, Nichols adapted the play into A Day in the Death of Joe Egg film which starred Alan Bates, Janet Suzman, Peter Bowles, Sheila Gish and Joan Hickson.
In 2001, a West End revival of the play was staged with the central couple played by Clive Owen and Victoria Hamilton in December 2001 the production transferred to the Comedy Theatre and Eddie Izzard takes over the lead role. In 2011, a revival was staged in the theatre where the play premiered.
A Day in the Death of Joe Egg is at London’s Trafalgar Studios from 20 September to 30 November. Peter Nichols' heartwrenching play A Day in the Death of Joe Egg is set to star Toby Stephens and these tickets are sure to be among the most sought after in London this autumn. You’ll want to make sure you’ve secured your tickets to A Day in the Death of Joe Egg as quickly as possible to make certain that you’ve got the very best seats at the very best prices.