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Great Apes

Written by Will Self, adapted by Patrick Marmion
Directed by Oscar Pearce

14 Mar 2018 to 21 Apr 2018
Arcola Theatre, London
Monday to Saturday, 7.30pm
All Saturdays and Wed 18 April, 3pm matinee

From £12 to £26
For details check out the theatre's website here.

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'I want my life back now. Feel human again. Homo erectus.'

When Turner Prize-winning artist Simon Dykes wakes up one morning after a wild night out, he finds his world has changed beyond recognition. His girlfriend, Sarah, has turned into a chimpanzee. And to his horror, so has everyone else. Immediately rushed to hospital, Simon is taken into the care of charismatic radical psychiatrist Zack Busner and treated for being under the psychotic delusion that he's human.

Great Apes is Will Self's hilarious, disturbing and dazzlingly original take on man's place in the evolutionary chain.

This raucous new stage adaptation from Patrick Marmion (The Divided Laing) mixes razor-sharp language with movement and puppetry, journeying into the mystery of what it means to be a human being.

Planet of the Apes meets Nineteen Eighty-Four . . humorous, gripping and provocative.
The Guardian on Will Self's novel

Prodigiously original and very funny
The Observer on Will Self's novel

Watch the trailer . .


Donna Berlin
John Cummins
Bryan Dick
Ruth Everett
Ruth Lass
Vivienne Smith
Stephen Ventura


Text - Will Self
Direction - Oscar Pearce
Adaptation - Patrick Marmion
Designer - Sarah Beaton
Lighting Design - Matt Haskins
Sound Design - Daniel Balfour
Movement Director - Jonnie Riordan
Production Manager - Ben Karakashian
Stage Manager - Catherine Cooper
Assistant Stage Manager - Sophie Macfadyen
Costume Supervisor - Kate Hemstock


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