A Funny Thing Happened ...


Tuesday 11 September 2018


Off-West End - Shows

A European premiere from acclaimed American playwright Halley Feiffer - A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynaecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York City - is coming to the Finborough Theatre.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit ...

Image: Arsalan Sattari Productions


Getting its European premiere at the Finborough Theatre this Autumn is a play which may just get the record (or come very close to it) as the one with the longest title: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynaecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York City.


The play runs at the Finborough from 2 to 27 October 2018.


Written by acclaimed American playwright Halley Feiffer and directed by Bethany Pitts, the show will star actor, comedian and presenter Cariad Lloyd (Peep Show, Channel 4; Have I Got News For You, BBC; West End's Austentatious, Lady Carad's Characters (nominated for the Comedy Awards Best Newcomer 2011), Griefcast (Creator/Host - Winner of Best Podcast of the year 2018, Best Entertainment and Best Interview).


Ms Lloyd will be joined by Rob Crouch (Oliver Reed: Wild Thing - nominated for the What's On Stage Award for Best Solo Performance 2014 - St James Theatre, Gilded Balloon and UK Tour), Kristen Milward (Plunder, National Theatre; A Little Chaos) and Cara Chase (Mountain Language, The Royal Court).


The play received its critically acclaimed New York Times Critic's Pick world premiere Off-Broadway in 2016 at the MCC Theater at Lucille Lortel Theatre before its West Coast premiere at the Geffen Playhouse.


Many of us will be aware of the devastating statistic that 1 in 2 people will get cancer and this play speaks directly to those around the suffers and the challenges we encounter.


This bold, funny and heart-wrenching production explores different kinds of love and how often the crucible of pain can serve to strengthen bonds that had, in many ways, seemed irreconcilable.


Halley Feiffer says ...


"The play is a romantic comedy in many senses, that just happens to be set in a cancer hospital.


It was very loosely inspired by my experience being with my own mother at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre.


I was inspired by being in the hospital with someone you love when they're suffering, when there's a lot of unanswered questions and when you feel pretty powerless to take their pain and fear away.


Certainly to take your own pain and fear away is a humbling experience and I found that I was drawn to a lot of self-soothing behaviours which ultimately provided a good deal of relief and ultimately some comedy.


This is a much-anticipated return to the Finborough Theatre for Halley Feiffer whose Outer Critics' Circle Award nominated I'm Gonna Pray For You So Hard sold out in 2017.


Synopsis


"I can make cancer jokes. Because I have cancer"


Karla, a foul-mouthed twenty-something comedian, and Don, a middle-aged man embroiled in a nasty divorce, are brought together unexpectedly when their cancer-stricken mothers become roommates in the hospital.


Together, this unlikely duo must negotiate some of life's biggest challenges … while making some of the world's most inappropriate jokes.


Can these two very lost people learn to laugh through their pain and lean on each other, when all they really want to do is run away?


Cast


Cariad Lloyd

Rob Crouch

Kristin Milward

Cara Chase


Creatives


Author: Halley Feiffer
Director: Bethany Pitts
Designer: Isabella Van Braeckel
Lighting: Doug Mackie
Production: Arsalan Sattari Productions in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre

Venue


Finborough Theatre
118 Finborough Road
London
SW10 9ED

Dates


From: Tuesday 2 October 2018

Closes: Saturday 27 October 2018

Tickets


Previews: £14

Standard:

Prices until 14 October 2018

£18

except Tuesday Evenings £16 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £18 all seats.


Prices from 16 October 2018

£20

except Tuesday Evenings £18 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £20 all seats.

Concessions:

Prices until 14 October 2018

£16


£10 tickets for Under 30's for performances from Tuesday to Sunday of the first week when booked online only.


£14 tickets for residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on Saturday, 6 October 2018 when booked online only.


Prices from 16 October 2018

£18


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Links


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