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22 October–3 November 2018

Lakin McCarthy in association with Nick of Time Productions

Mark Thomas: Check-Up

Our NHS @ 70

Directed by Nicolas Kent

★★★★ The Guardian  ★★★★ Daily Telegraph  ★★★★ Financial Times  ★★★★ The Independent  ★★★★ Time Out  ★★★★ The Scotsman  ★★★★ The Stage

Mark Thomas is 54, the NHS is 70. UK national average life expectancy is 84. If Mark makes it to 84 the NHS will be 100… What will they both look like?

Based on a series of interviews with leading experts and residencies in hospitals and surgeries, Mark explores our NHS to see where we are, where we are going and where we should be.

★★★★ Impassioned and informative look at where the NHS is at right now ... a thoughtful and funny piece of docu-theatre
—Time Out
★★★★ Offers up a cornucopia of facts and fascinations ... the laughs come, regular as heartbeats, for the duration ... This is a show that comes from the guts
—The Telegraph
★★★★ Meticulously researched ... an engaging and informative 75 minutes
—The Independent
★★★★ A devastatingly thorough portrait of a system in crisis, shot through with unlikely humour
—Financial Times
★★★★ Perfectly balanced between laugh-a-minute entertainment and hard-edged political commentary ... [the NHS is] fully celebrated here by one of the nation’s great storytellers
—The Scotsman
★★★★ Infectious wit and political fury
—The Guardian
★★★★ Impassioned mixture of reportage and storytelling
—The Stage
★★★★ A remarkably fluent, unsentimental, human piece of theatre
—The Arts Desk
Incredibly powerful ... a one-man audit of the NHS at 70 which made me laugh and cry
—Kirsty Young, BBC Front Row
★★★★★ Possibly his finest work to date
—The Edinburgh Reporter
★★★★ A remarkably fluent, unsentimental, human piece of theatre
—The Arts Desk


Mark Thomas


Nicolas Kent
Best £22
Standard £19
Value £15
Restricted £10
NHS Workers (best seats, Mon-Wed) £12

Standard tickets are £12 or less with Arcola Passport.

Press night: Tuesday 23 October, 7pm.
BSL signed performances: Saturday 27 October, 3pm & 7.30pm
Relaxed performance: Wednesday 31 October, 3pm


  • Students / 26 & under - 20% off Standard seats, or join Young Arcola for free to book Value seats at £10
  • 65 and over - 20% off Standard and Value seats
  • People in receipt of disability benefits - free companion with full-price Standard seat or 20% off Best, Standard or Value seats
  • People in receipt of unemployment benefits - Value seats at £10 or 20% off Standard seats
  • Theatre union members - 10% off Standard and Value seats
  • School and college groups (10+) - Best available seats at £12 for Mon–Wed evenings and Wed matinees, one free teacher per 10 students
  • Groups (10+) - eleventh ticket free

    Pay What You Can Tuesdays – limited allocation of tickets available in person, each Tuesday from 6pm. More info »

    Running time: 80 minutes approximately .

  • Press enquiries: Bex Colwell —

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