The Soul of Wittgenstein at Omnibus Theatre

Wednesday 13 December 2017

Drama - Festivals - London Fringe - Shows

One of our 5-star rated shows makes a welcome return to the London theatre scene next February, once again with Dave Spencer at the directorial helm ...
The Soul of Wittgenstein at Omnibus Theatre

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Written by Ron Elisha, winner of four Australian Writers' Guild Awards, The Soul of Wittgenstein is one of those plays that grabs you almost from the first word of dialogue and then holds tight of you for the duration.

An admirable example of powerful drama and superb writing, it is also "pertinent, amusingly confrontational, yet tender".

We caught it at the King's Head Theatre in Islington, back in July of 2016.

You can read our 5 star review of the play here.

Now, it's due to make a much-deserved and welcome return this time at Clapham's Omnibus Theatre as part of the venue's 96 Festival.

The play is once again directed by award-winning Dave Spencer, who last time round "didn't put a foot wrong in bringing this moving story to life".

Ludwig Wittgenstein (18991951)

Wittgenstein 1930 Moritz Nähr - Austrian National Library

A two-hander, the play asks what happens when we open up, when we put aside our differences, and when we force ourselves to feel.

It focuses on philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889 to 1951).

Already Professor of Philosophy at Cambridge by 1939, as the Second World War raged Wittgenstien 'found it intolerable that a war was going on and he was teaching philosophy'.

So he got a job as a dispensary porter at Guy's Hospital in London, delivering medicine to patients in the wards.

And that is exactly where Ron Elisha's play starts.

Going by what we saw last time round, this production should offer a real theatre-going treat - a must see!



Guy’s Hospital, London.

A battered copy of War and Peace.

An illiterate Cockney dying of cancer and a philosopher handing out pills.

Is this all that defines them, or could they become something more?


Richard Stemp (Ludwig Wittgenstein)

Ben Woodhall (John Smith)


Author: Ron Elisha

Director: Dave Spencer

Designer: Mayou Trikerioti

Lighting: Clancy Flynn

Sound: Rachael Murray

Producers: Another Soup in association with the Kings Head Theatre


Omnibus Theatre

1 Northside (The Old Library)

Clapham Common

London SW4 0QW


6 to 25 February 2018

Running time: 80 minutes


£15; £12 concessions

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