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18 October–18 November 2017

Arcola Theatre


by Terry Johnson

Directed by David Mercatali

A professor, an actress, a baseball player and a senator walk into a hotel room. What happens next, didn’t. Or maybe it did. It certainly could have done – with a little imagination…

Written by two-time Olivier Award winner Terry Johnson, this hilarious and bittersweet comedy receives its first London revival in over 20 years, directed by David Mercatali (Cargo) who was nominated for the 2011 Evening Standard Outstanding Newcomer Award.

Albert Einstein and Marilyn Monroe grapple with fame, relativity and their personal lives (when they’re not being interrupted by Joe DiMaggio and Joseph McCarthy) in this dazzlingly inventive drama about the challenges of being known, and of knowing yourself.

“One of the landmark plays of the decade” – The Guardian

“Sexy, funny, achingly sad … borders on profound genius” – The Telegraph

★★★★★ Johnson embodies Marilyn’s vivacity, fragility and bravery in a way that is delightful and ultimately heartbreaking
★★★★½ You ache for the story to be true so badly it hurts.
—Theatre Box
★★★★ David Mercatali’s production is beautifully acted by all four of the – teasingly unnamed – protagonists.
—Theatre Cat
★★★★ As The Professor, Simon Rouse is excellent, a wonderful study of calm and confusion
★★★★ The lines are funny, the direction by David Mercatali assured and the performances work together...
—Reviews Gate
★★★★ combines perceptive drama with science
—The Upcoming
Insignificance will be signifying for a long half-life, and this pacey production is first-rate
—Fringe Review
Alice Bailey Johnson is super as Marilyn, intellectually hungry, frustrated as an artist and a woman
—Broadway World
However improbable, it is possible and, by daring us to disbelieve, Johnson hits a sweet spot of ambiguity.
—What's On Stage
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Alice Bailey Johnson

The Actress

Simon Rouse

The Professor

Tom Mannion

The Senator

Oliver Hembrough

The Ball Player


Terry Johnson


David Mercatali


Max Dorey

Lighting Design

Richard Williamson

Sound Design

Dinah Mullen

Costume Supervision

Megan Rarity

Production Manager

Pip Robinson

Stage Manager

Christie DuBois

Assistant Stage Manager

Rebecca Mitchell
Best £22 (£19 conc, £17 previews)
Standard £20 (£17 conc, £15 previews)
Value £16 (£14 conc, £12 previews)
Restricted £12 (£10 previews)

Standard tickets are £12 or less with Arcola Passport.

Monday - Saturday 7.30pm
All Saturdays matinee 3pm and Wednesday matinee 15 November 3pm

Free post-show discussions

Saturday 21 October: Jeannie Theatre Conversations

Pay What You Can Tuesdays – limited allocation of tickets available in person, each Tuesday from 6pm. More info »
Group /school rates (for 10+ people) available. Contact Box Office »

Contains scenes of an upsetting Nature, blood, adult language, sexual themes, loud Noise, and strobe.

Running time: 120 minutes approximately (including interval).

This production contains:
Strong language
Flashing/strobe lights
Loud noises

Suitable for 14+

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020 7503 1646

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