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Dario Fo’s riotous satire about police corruption is as relevant as ever in this 5-star revival, starring Daniel Rigby and Tony Gardner.

Razor-sharp satire brought bang up to date

An Anarchist has fallen to his death, but did he jump, or was he pushed? Scandals, coverups and corruption are torn apart in a furiously funny revival of Dario Fo’s satire Accidental Death of an Anarchist at Theatre Royal Haymarket.

When an Anarchist falls from a police station window, an inquiry is called to establish the facts. But as the police rush to get their stories straight, the Maniac is taken into custody and seizes his chance to lead them on an increasingly-absurd recreation of their version of events…

Tom Basden’s riotous adaptation of Italian playwright Dario Fo’s 1970s satire brings the story to 21st-century London, with its sights set squarely on the Metropolitan police and metropolitan elite. After hit seasons at Sheffield Theatres and Lyric Hammersmith, this outrageous, razor-sharp farce transfers to the West End, directed by Daniel Raggett.

BAFTA Award winner Daniel Rigby leads the Accidental Death of an Anarchist cast in a towering performance as the Maniac, alongside Tony Gardner (The Thick Of It; Fresh Meat).

This wickedly funny play feels as fresh now as it did 40 years ago; book Accidental Death of an Anarchist tickets to enjoy a European classic that doesn’t pull its punches.

Sorry this show closed 09 September 2023, we recommend these similar productions.

Performance dates:
08 Sep 2023 - 09 Sep 2023
Running time:
2 hours including an interval.
Theatre Royal Haymarket (See map)
Age recommendation:
Best for age 14+
Audience Notes:
This production features smoke, haze, strobe lighting, flash/blinder lights, loud music and very loud sudden sound effects. Some themes may be upsetting.

Best Seats

SeatPlan Recommends: Choose seats just right of centre in the middle of the Stalls for a clear view of the window on the left side of the stage. A lot of the show’s action happens here, so you will enjoy a clear, unimpeded view of every moment of unexpected comedy and vicious satire as the story barrels towards its end.

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    Absolutely hilarious show. Despite the show being over 50 years old, it's still very relevant tod... More

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    jamesg74 09 Sep 2023

    I just loved this play. It was hilarious and would like to see it again to catch all the jokes. I... More

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    Handan 27 Aug 2023

    I went into this show very sceptical about what it would be like after reading some mixed reviews... More

    leos4's avatar
    leos4 23 Aug 2023

    This is a brilliant show! Fast paced, current, witty, a little political with underlying message.... More

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    julieb125 03 Aug 2023

    This is my second time seeing this wonderful comedy, and it’s even funnier this time round. There... More

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    AndrewH306 Top 100 reviewer 28 Jul 2023

    What a stellar show, touching on all bases in relation to everything from Stephen Lawrence to Bar... More

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    carldarling 24 Jul 2023
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