RIVE Productions

The Dog, The Night And The Knife

Marius Von Mayenburg, Translated by Maja Zade

Directed by: Oliver Dawe

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A hot August night. M finds himself at the dead end of a dark and deserted street, where everything has decayed and time has stopped. Hurled into a nightmare world, where wolves prowl, hunger is everywhere, and nothing is quite what it seems, M does the only logical thing: he runs. The Dog, The Night and The Knife is a darkly funny and absurd play by critically acclaimed German playwright, Marius von Mayenburg.

His previous work includes Fireface (Royal Court 2000, Young Vic 2012) “Force, flair and poetry” – The Independent. The Ugly One (Royal Court 2007) “Coolly clever and nastily arresting” – The Guardian and The Stone (Royal Court 2009) “Mesmerising” – Evening Standard.

This production of The Dog, The Night and The Knife is the UK Premiere.

‘I want to open my eyes, but they’re already open’

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‘International theatre in London’ with Mark Ravenhill

Wednesday 8th October after The Dog, The Night and the Knife
A post-show discussion, chaired by internationally acclaimed playwright, director, actor and journalist Mark Ravenhill. Free for ticket-holders.

From Script to Stage

Tuesday 14th October after The Dog, The Night and the Knife
The cast and the director discuss tackling a new German translation. Free for ticket-holders.


Mayenburg’s play feels electric and as sharp as a well-maintained kitchen knife.

★★★★★ The Public Reviews

An intriguing drama that should not be missed.

UK Theatre Network

Photos © Richard Lakos

Monday – Saturday evenings at 8.00pm – £17 (£12 concessions)

Opening performances (18 – 20 September) – all tickets £12

Saturday matinees at 3.30pm – £14 (£12 concessions)

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

Recommended for ages 12+

Running time is approximately 1hr 20mins straight through, no interval

Please note that there is no re-admittance should you leave during the performance