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Adam Kay - This Is Going To Hurt Tickets

Garrick Theatre

Comedian and former doctor Adam Kay returns to the Garrick Theatre with his acclaimed show about life on the wards. Drawing on his best-selling book and real stories from his time as a junior doctor, Kay’s one-man show is a funny, shocking and heartfelt tribute to those who keep the NHS running.

Stories from the NHS frontline

Former doctor Adam Kay returns to the West End to share stories about life on the NHS frontline in This Is Going To Hurt. Inspired by Kay’s own diaries, the show will open at the Garrick Theatre.

This Is Going To Hurt is an award-winning stand-up, music and confessional show from Kay, who previously trained as a junior doctor. Audiences can expect a night packed full of candid, forthright and funny anecdotes which are sometimes shocking but always full of warmth and admiration for healthcare workers.

The show is based on Kay’s Sunday Times best-selling book of the same name, which is soon to be adapted for the BBC starring Ben Whishaw. Over 200, 000 people have seen the show across the UK on tour and in the West End.

Featuring candid tales which will make you laugh and cry, This is Going to Hurt tickets offer audiences the chance to celebrate NHS workers and the invaluable service they provide. It opens for a strictly limited season at the Garrick Theatre from 12 August.

Sorry this show closed 17 August 2021, we recommend these similar productions.

Performance dates:
16 Aug 2021 - 17 Aug 2021
Running time:
1 hour and 10 minutes.
Age recommendation:
Best for age 12+

Adam Kay - This Is Going To Hurt Reviews

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User Reviews


An intelligent comedy show, but with a heavy dose of realism on the trials of NHS staff to boot.

Performance date: 26 January 2020

Show was very good but recognised many anecdotes from the book. Additional music and audience participation was unexpected and fun. Quite an emotional end to the whole experience. Very real and open objective outlook all round. Definitely recommend

Performance date: 12 January 2020

So funny and really educational. The audience participation bits are a fun addition. I’d read both of his books before going and was still in stitches.

Performance date: 26 January 2020
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