Tuesday, 24 April, 7:00pm – FINAL
Note: NTLive has special pricing
London’s first commercial theatre for 80 years opened with this pugnacious comedy about the early days of the political visionary – and shameless sponger.
A seriously clever comedy. Riotous fun.
1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke, restless and horny, the thirty-two-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy.
Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures. His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius, his only hope is a job on the railway.
But there’s still no one in the capital who can show you a better night on the piss than Karl Heinrich Marx.
The declared policy of this new Bridge theatre’s founders, Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr, is to focus primarily on new plays. That inevitably carries an element of risk, but they kick off with a comedy by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman that, invoking the name of Marx, attempts to synthesise the spirits of Karl and Groucho. Mention Karl Marx and most of us think of Das Kapital. But Bean and Coleman focus on Marx as he was in 1850: a 32-year-old German Jew living in penurious exile on Soho’s Dean Street with his wife, Jenny, their children and a devoted maid. Hounded by creditors, harried by the police and at odds with many of his fellow revolutionaries, Marx largely survives through the beneficence of his friend, Friedrich Engels.
UK 2017, 154 min, rated M (violence, sexual references & offensive language)
Live performance stage drama
Directed by Nicholas Hytner
Starring Rory Kinnear, Oliver Chris, Nancy Carroll, Laura Elphinstone & Eben Figueiredo
National Theatre Live is an initiative operated by the Royal National Theatre in London, which broadcasts live via satellite, performances of their productions to movie theatres, cinemas and arts centres on the world. We are very lucky at Arthur’s to be able to offer this sensational bit of culture, art and entertainment to you.