“The question is how to be.”
Carrie Evans has cancer. A renowned theatre star, and not yet 50, she’s determined to cling on to life. But though she arrives at a London clinic expecting treatment, nothing can prepare her for the other patients on the ward. Their startling experiences give Carrie an unexpected, life-changing insight. Her decisions will rock the system…
Directed by WhatsOnStage-nominated Guy Retallack and starring Gillian Kirkpatrick (American Psycho at the Almeida, Chess at the Union), Karen Archer (As You Like It and Hamlet at the RSC) and Jodie Jacobs (Little Shop of Horrors, Fame and Rent in the West End), Happy Ending is a witty new musical about dying well. It takes a matter-of-fact and often humorous eye to the most difficult situation of all, adapted from the writer Anat Gov’s own experience of cancer.
“excellent performances and direction… leaves you with the residual feeling of joy about being alive”
“The comedy is flawless … the whole cast is fantastic”
Musical Theatre Review
“Some splendid song and dance routines… There’s plenty of laughs… raw and moving… [a] funny, heartfelt, heartbreaking play
Photos by Piers Foley Photography
£19 / £15 concessions
Saturday matinees at 3pm
7 February, 14 February – £17 / £14 concessions
21 February, 28 February, 7 March – £19 / £15 concessions
Opening performances (28-31 January) – All tickets £12
Pay What You Can Tuesdays (tickets in person from 6pm – limited and subject to availability)
Tickets are £10 or less with Arcola Passport
Please note that there are no longer Wednesday matinee performances.
Running time: 1 hour, 50 minutes approximately
In Studio 1, seating is allocated.