Nice Fish at Harold Pinter Theatre tickets
Nice Fish at Harold Pinter Theatre tickets

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Overview

The wry and surreal new play by Mark Rylance and Louis Jenkin’s, Nice Fish arrived in London’s West End in winter 2016 for its UK premiere at the Harold Pinter Theatre.

Nice Fish is based on the original prose poetry version by the author Louis Jenkins, which won the Minnesota Book Award in 1995. Jenkins and Rylance were first brought together when the latter decided to begin reading the author’s work in lieu of an acceptance speech at various high profile award ceremonies, including the Tony Awards for the plays Boeing-Boeing (2008) and Jerusalem (2011), as well as the Drama Desk Awards.

Subsequently Rylance approached Jenkins with the wish to turn his work into a play, and despite the author’s scepticism as to whether it was even possible to turn his meandering and surreal prose-poetry into something that was stageable, Nice Fish was ingeniously born.

Nice Fish originally played to American audiences at St Ann’s Warehouse on Broadway, where it delighted critics and audiences alike, having its Broadway premiere in February 2016.

Mark Rylance is one of Britain’s most well-known and best-loved actors which has seen him play a huge range of roles from stage to film. His movie work has recently seen him win both Academy and BAFTA Awards for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Bridge of Spies, as well as having starring roles in the Steven Spielberg version of The BFG as well as Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk. His extensive stage work has seen him as Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe, as well as three Tony Awards for Jerusalem, Boeing-Boeing and Twelfth Night. He was joined by Jim Lichtscheidl.

Nice Fish is set on an iced-over Lake in Minnesota, where the frozen surface begins to groan and creek. Two men are out angling on the ice, towards the end of the fishing season, fishing for the answers to life’s bigger questions. The hilarious and surreal play ingeniously gives the prose poetry of Louis Jenkins a completely new dimension.

The production was directed by Claire van Kampen, who is best known for her various adaptations of Shakespeare plays, as well as her previous work directing Rylance in plays such as Twelfth Night and Boeing Boeing. An all-star creative team helps to give Nice Fish a beautiful and unique aesthetic, including design by Todd Rosenthal and costumes by Ilona Somogyi, as well as lighting by Japhy Weideman and sound by Scott W. Edwards.

This brilliant new production opened for a run at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London’s West End, with previews having began on 15th November 2016 and the production having run until 21st February 2017.

Recommended for

Fans of the stage and film legend Mark Rylance, should definitely not miss a chance to see him perform in his first ever co-written play. With its wry and surreal humour, as well as the collaboration with director Claire can Kampen, if you saw their previous work Boeing Boeing for which Rylance won both an Olivier and Tony Award and loved it, then this should also be up your street.

Age Recommendations: Recommended 14+

Dates and times

Running time: 95 minutes (no interval)
Opened: 16 Nov 2016
Press night: 25 Nov 2016
Booking from: 10 Feb 2017
Booking until: 11 Feb 2017

Location and map

Harold Pinter Theatre
Panton Street
London, SW1Y 4DN

47 Reviews Add review

One of the wackier shows I have seen on the West End, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Having no idea what to expect, the show complet... More

susannahrosemn 5"3, 114 reviews, 3 helpful votes

One of the wackier shows I have seen on the West End, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Having no idea what to expect, the show completely surprised me. It's very much like a more quirky version of Waiting for Godot - very philosophical and existential, mixed with some heavily thought-provoking soliloquy's that have you laughing uproariously. It's best if you watch this show with no expectations - I heard a few audience members complain that not much happens/not much about the characters' relationships is explained - it really doesn't need to be as it's not a kitchen-sink drama. Nice Fish is more about the dialogue, and if you listen, it's very pertinent. Thoroughly enjoyed, but would maybe not recommend to ardent traditional theatre fans. Mark Rylance is also fantastic!

susannahrosemn 5"3, 114 reviews, 3 helpful votes

A brilliant show! I wasn't sure what I was going to see - a play about Ice Fishing? - but its so much more than that! The ac... More

paulfootie 6'3", 76 reviews, 3 helpful votes

A brilliant show! I wasn't sure what I was going to see - a play about Ice Fishing? - but its so much more than that! The acting was excellent and the staging was great. A mix of puppetry too ensured that the action could all be shown all in one go so kind of a one hit wonder! Its a greta play with some very god ideas about things that have you thinking. I was sat next to an American lady who found it touched a nerve on many levels!! I would recommend this play if you want to see some excellent stars in an excellent setting with an unusual play.

paulfootie 6'3", 76 reviews, 3 helpful votes

The show was incredible. The acting was out of this world by the whole cast and really captured my attention from the start. The s... More

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 2 helpful votes

The show was incredible. The acting was out of this world by the whole cast and really captured my attention from the start. The show was funny, moving and fast paced and it was perfectly put into a one act show. I just wish I had been sooner so I could have seen it again!

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 2 helpful votes

This show was very surreal and didn't appear to have a specific plot line to follow, however it was a great piece of theatre and m... More

RomaRadford 5"10, 65 reviews, 1 helpful vote

This show was very surreal and didn't appear to have a specific plot line to follow, however it was a great piece of theatre and made you think about the bigger questions. Mark Rylance in particular was superb.

RomaRadford 5"10, 65 reviews, 1 helpful vote

I loved bits of the play but ultimately I'm unsure what it was about which has left me ambivalent about it over all.

pookie 5" 2, 4 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I loved bits of the play but ultimately I'm unsure what it was about which has left me ambivalent about it over all.

pookie 5" 2, 4 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Very surreal, but also very funny and poignant. Well it's Mark Rylance, so what else would you expect?

GailBishop 5'6", 64 reviews, 15 helpful votes

Very surreal, but also very funny and poignant. Well it's Mark Rylance, so what else would you expect?

GailBishop 5'6", 64 reviews, 15 helpful votes

TheShowMan 178cm, 95 reviews, 2 helpful votes

TheShowMan 178cm, 95 reviews, 2 helpful votes

jamesflockhart 101 reviews, 15 helpful votes

jamesflockhart 101 reviews, 15 helpful votes

A baffling and at times whimsical story about a fisherman and his friend. It looks lovely, has some great puppetry but the morning... More

braintree 155cm, 35 reviews, 5 helpful votes

A baffling and at times whimsical story about a fisherman and his friend. It looks lovely, has some great puppetry but the morning after I am still not sure I enjoyed it or even understood what is happening but I enjoyed the lead performances and it is a great opportunity to Rylance on the stage.

braintree 155cm, 35 reviews, 5 helpful votes
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