Mongrel Thumb


Marius von Mayenburg, Translated by Maja Zade

Anton’s got it made: dream house, artistic wife, baby on the way. And, as the smoke rises from another city saved by coalition bombs, there’s a fortune to be made rebuilding the wreckage. So what’s he doing forging his boss’s signature? And why has his wife crushed her hands under the piano lid?

Painfully funny scenes of married bliss in meltdown and the insistent presence, on their screens and in their dreams, of the West’s far-flung and half-forgotten wars – Eldorado asks what happens when the drive for success carries us past our coping point.

This production of Eldorado is the UK Premiere.

Marius von Mayenburg has become one of Europe’s most influential and widely produced playwrights since his meteoric rise to prominence with Fireface.

Simon Dormandy directs. He has worked with Cheek by Jowl, the Donmar Warehouse, the RSC and the Royal Court.

Mongrel Thumb, formed by Charles and Gillian Reston, is a brand new company dedicated to bringing the best contemporary and new writing to London audiences in cutting-edge productions. Eldorado is its first project.

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Production photography by Zute Lightfoot

Cryptically fascinating dystopian drama

Michael Billington, The Guardian

Dormandy’s production is slick and pacey

Time Out

A sophisticated piece of drama

★★★★ The Public Reviews

Its witty dialogue unfailingly amuses

★★★★ The Upcoming

Mongrel Thumb has landed a real hit

★★★★ London Life

Cracking performances…Michael Colgan excels

There Ought To Be Clowns

Stylishly mounted by designer Georgia Lowe

British Theatre Guide

Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm – £20 (£16 concessions)

Opening performances (26 March – 31 March ) – all tickets £16

Saturday matinees at 2.30pm – £18 (£15 concessions)

Pay What You Can Tuesdays (tickets in person from 6.30pm – limited and subject to availability)

Running time is approximately 2hrs plus an interval

Thursday 1 May: Post-show discussion with writer Marius von Mayenburg and director Simon Dormandy in association with the [Goethe Institut](