NotMoses at Arts Theatre tickets
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About the show

Award-winning filmmaker and producer Gary Sinyor wrote and directed his debut play, NotMoses, which received its world premiere at the Arts Theatre London in March 2016. A hilariously fresh take on the beloved biblical tale of Moses, NotMoses was a gleefully irreverent new comedy that marked Sinyor’s first venture into theatre.

Set in Ancient Egypt, NotMoses follows the unfortunate abandoned baby that narrowly misses out on becoming the legendary saviour that leads the exodus. A crying baby is plucked from the Nile by a Princess, only to be thrown back in again when a prettier, better baby comes along. This lucky baby becomes Prince Moses, who studies accountancy at the Pharaoh’s Court, whilst the rejected NotMoses becomes a resentful slave. When everyone is forced to flee into the Sinai desert, Moses and NotMoses unite to make kebabs on the burning bush. It is only when the Good Lord orders them to lead the Jews into the land of cows and bees that an alluring and mysterious Miriam steps in to save the day.

Sinyor is a BAFTA nominated director and recipient of the Venice International Film Festival’s Critics Choice, known for his extensive work in film. Most notable works include Stiff Upper Lips, The Bachelor with Renee Zellweger, United We Fall with Jack Donnelly and The Unkindest Cut for which he received a BAFTA nomination. Sinyor is perhaps best-known for writing, directing and producing the critically acclaimed film Leon the Pig Farmer, which was commissioned by Monty Python star Eric Idle and for which he received the Evening Standard Award for Best Newcomer.

Casting for the production included children Izzy Lee and Theo Mackenzie, who were plucked from a batch of open auditions for the Son of God, with design by Carla Goodman and lighting by Humphrey McDermott. NotMoses is a riotous and jaw-droopingly bold comedy that allows the audience to experience all ten plagues in the space of one evening. With smatterings of Python-esque comedy, this wacky show played for a limited time at the Arts Theatre London.

Recommended for

Those who enjoy Monty Python’s Life of Brian and Spamalot will find similarly zany humour here.

Age Recommendations: 12+ Years

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes (including an interval)
Opened: 10 Mar 2016
Press night: 15 Mar 2016
Booking from: 09 Apr 2016
Booking until: 09 Apr 2016

Location and map

Arts Theatre
6-7 Great Newport Street
London, WC2H 7JB

7 Reviews Add review

A couple of puns were quite good, the rest were average funny, you will laugh and you will not feel bored. Quite entertaining,... More

berbaverde 5 reviews, 2 helpful votes

I wanted to like this show, I really did, but it was just one of the most unfunny things I've ever seen. I seriously considered leaving... More

parisrevans 160cm, 110 reviews, 13 helpful votes

Genuinely the worst show I have ever seen. Too many attempts at a Monty-Pythonesque humour, which was ruined by a terrible script and... More

susannahrosemn 5"3, 135 reviews, 6 helpful votes

This was a very funny show. Very Monty Python esque and slapstick. It could have been a bit shorter but a fun evening out!

joc78 5"4, 435 reviews, 7 helpful votes

I felt the cast were strong actors but I just couldn't get into the play. It tried to be funny but at many points it was just lost... More

angelakeating 27 reviews, 5 helpful votes

Funny and entertaining show

dizzyduck 20 reviews, 0 helpful votes

A baby in a basket. Cruel Egyptian royalty. Jewish slaves. Plagues. Parting the sea. Commandments. You know the story. Except this... More

ednights 10 reviews, 1 helpful vote