God of Carnage Tickets
French playwright Yasmina Reza’s Olivier Award-winning tale of parents who fight dirtier than their kids is a razor-sharp satire.
Savage Comedy With God of Carnage TicketsWhat 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 CarnageWhen 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.