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God of Carnage Tickets

Lyric Hammersmith

French playwright Yasmina Reza’s Olivier Award-winning tale of parents who fight dirtier than their kids is a razor-sharp satire.

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What example are we setting for our children? Find out as the darkly funny God of Carnage wreaks havoc at Lyric Hammersmith this year. This Olivier Award-winning satirical comedy of manners is a rollercoaster ride through social norms, schoolyard grudges and adults behaving like kids that you won’t want to miss.

About God of Carnage

When Ferdinand knocks Bruno’s front teeth out at the park, their parents meet up to have an adult conversation about their children. It’s all going to be civil, mature, and respectful. Isn’t it? As night begins to fall, chaos breaks out as the adults prove to be more childish than their eleven-year-old sons.

French writer Yasmina Reza’s Olivier and Tony Award-winning God of Carnage play is a sharp satire that rips the thin coating of civility away from its characters, with thrilling and shocking effect. It is adapted into English by Christopher Hampton (Sunset Boulevard; Atonement), and at Lyric Hammersmith is directed by Nicholai La Barrie.

Since premiering, it has won the Olivier Award for Best Comedy (2009), the Tony Award for Best Play, and was nominated for three major Spanish theatre awards during its season in Madrid in 2008.

Is God of Carnage a comedy?

This compelling and sharp play is a black comedy and a comedy of manners that drips with satirical observations. During its 2009 Broadway season, critics praised it as an “acid-dipped takedown of smug self-interest” (Variety) that is “satisfyingly primitive” (The New York Times) and “dark and hilarious” (The New Yorker).

The Lyric Hammersmith revival is its first major return to London since the Olivier Award-winning 2009 production starring Tamsin Greig and Ralph Fiennes, and it will have you laughing in disbelief one moment, and cringing in shock the next as four professional adults descend into petty squabbles and one-upmanship.

God of Carnage Cast

Doctor Who and Sense8 star Freema Agyeman stars in God of Carnage as Veronique Vallon, opposite Martin Hutson (The Passion; The Honourable Woman) as Michael Vallon, Ariyon Bakare (His Dark Materials; Good Omens) as Alain Reille, and Dinita Gohil (Royal Shakespeare Company: Twelfth Night) as Annette Reille.

Book Tickets for God of Carnage at Lyric Hammersmith Now

Whip-smart, incisive and hugely funny, don’t miss your chance to see God of Carnage, an acclaimed comedy that strips the veneer of polite conversation and respectability to the bones, with unforgettable results.

Sorry this show closed 30 September 2023, we recommend these similar productions.

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Performance dates:
29 Sep 2023 - 30 Sep 2023
Running time:
2 hours including an interval.
Age recommendation:
Best for age 16+

God of Carnage Reviews

43 Reviews
  • 5 Stars33%
  • 4 Stars40%
  • 3 Stars16%
  • 2 Stars9%
  • 1 Stars2%

User Reviews


Everything just escalated.., it was funny and exactly as I imagine could happen… Be prepare for some projectile vomit (but not overly sickening) and some spice language. But overall great acting, the performers are on stage for the full performanc Read more

Performance date: 02 September 2023

Very good show that breaks down what people are really like on e the polite veneers are peeled away. Wonderful performances from all the cast.

Performance date: 15 September 2023

Only when the play started did I remember that I had seen it before (possibly on telly) and hated it! It is just nasty from sart to finish. Purporting to show adults behaving badly (when tryng to sort out the bad behaviour of their kids). But serious Read more

Performance date: 23 September 2023
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