God of Carnage
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Dates:  Tuesday 17th to Saturday 21st March 2015
Venue:  Swan Theatre Studio
Review


Synopsis:God of Carnage is a comedy of manners without the manners. It involves two pairs of parents, one of whose children has knocked a couple of teeth out of the other with a stick in a public park. Their intention is to meet to discuss the matter in a civilized manner. The discussions degenerate into irrational arguments about topics such as misogyny, racial prejudice, and homophobia.

Christopher Hampton's witty translation from the French starts out as a “rancidly funny account of two couples tiptoeing around their mutual dislike”. “Reza holds the mirror up to bourgeois hypocrisy with the savage indignation of a born satirist”.

The London production at the Gielgud Theatre was widely acclaimed, receiving the Olivier Award for Best New Play of 2009. The Broadway production won a Tony for Best Play and became the longest running comedy of the 2000s.

Written by:  Yasmin Reza
Translated by:  Christopher Hampton
Directed by:  Tony Childs