A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

Peter Nichols' frank and moving masterpiece A Day in the Death of Joe Egg returns to the London stage, starring Toby Stephens, Claire Skinner and Patricia Hodge in their long-awaited returns to the West End.

Bri and Sheila have been struggling to care for their disabled 10-year old daughter Josephine ever since she was born. Nicknaming her “Joe Egg”, they lose themselves in fantasy games and black humour to help cope with the struggle of their daily reality. Directed by Simon Evans (Killer Joe, Arturo Ui), this remarkable story challenges all our assumptions on the limits of love and the power of family.
Written and set in the 1960s, Joe Egg was one of the ground-breaking plays for a generation, and the issues faced by two parents in this hilarious and heart-breaking play still resonate with audiences today.
Now this startlingly funny, celebrated play returns to the West End for a limited season.
Booking from 21 September 2019 until 30 November 2019

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Formerly the Whitehall Theatre, Trafalgar Studios is the contemporary venue that opened in 2004 and is best known for hosting plays with star casts. Split into two, the venue includes Trafalgar Studios 1 and 2, both with differing seating capacities. The former opened in 2004 with the RSC’s Othello, whilst the latter opened in 2005 with Cyprus.

Throughout its early years, the theatre hosted a variety of short run plays and small-scale musicals, including Sweeney Todd (2004), Losing Louis (2005), A New Way to Please You (2005) and the RSC season from 2005-2006, which included plays Sir Thomas More, Sejanus: His Fall and Believe What You Will.

Polly Teale’s adaptation of Jane Eyre (2006) followed, as well as Speaking Like Magpies (2006), Bent (2006-2007), Elling (2007), Dealer’s Choice (2007-2008), Fat Pig (2008), Entertaining Mr Sloane (2009), End of the Rainbow (2010), starring Tracie Bennett, A Christmas Carol (2010-2011), Ordinary Days (2011), Three Days in May (2011-2012) and Yes, Prime Minister (2012).

Trafalgar Studios truly stepped on the map in 2013 with the first of Jamie Lloyd’s season, Trafalgar Transformed, which saw productions Macbeth, starring James McAvoy, Harold Pinter’s The Hothouse, starring Simon Russell Beale and The Pride, starring Mathew Horne. 2013 concluded with the Olivier Award-winning Ghosts, which transferred from the Almeida.

2014 saw Jamie Lloyd continue his season at the theatre, presenting plays such as Another Country, Richard III, starring Martin Freeman and East is East (2014-2015), as well as The Ruling Class (2015), with James McAvoy.

Further plays throughout 2015 included Strindberg’s The Father, Golem, James Freedman: Man of Steal, Constellations, starring Rafe Spall, and Robert Icke’s Olivier Award-winning Oresteia.

Toward the end of 2015, Jamie Lloyd returned for a second Trafalgar Transformed season, directing plays including The Homecoming, starring Gemma Chan and The Maids, starring Uzo Aduba, Laura Carmichael and Zawe Ashton.

Subsequent productions have included Jesse Eisenberg’s self-written comedy The Spoils (2016), starring himself alongside Kunal Nayyar and Katie Brayben, The Naked Magicians (2016), Buried Child (2016-2017), starring Ed Harris and Amy Madigan and The Philanthropist (2017), starring Simon Bird and Lily Cole. Hollywood actress Stockard Channing stars in dark comedy Apologia through Autumn 2017.

2018 saw Tom Morris' new musical The Grinning Man transfer from Bristol Old Vic, followed by Hollywood star Orlando Bloom in dark comedy Killer Joe. The year also saw the Bush Theatre production Misty transfer to the venue following rave reviews. The show was gig theatre, a style which hadn't been seen at the venue before, and brought in a whole new audience. The year continues with a transfer of the National Theatre's popular production Nine Night.

Past Shows

Nine Night
(closed 23 Feb 2019)
(closed 20 Oct 2018)
Killer Joe
(closed 18 Aug 2018)

The Grinning Man
(closed 5 May 2018)
(closed 18 Nov 2017)
The Philanthropist
(closed 22 Jul 2017)

Buried Child
(closed 4 Mar 2017)
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The Naked Magicians
(closed 24 Sep 2016)
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The Spoils
(closed 13 Aug 2016)

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The Maids
(closed 21 May 2016)
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The Homecoming
(closed 13 Feb 2016)
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(closed 7 Nov 2015)