God of Carnage by  Yasmina Reza
1-30 Sept 2023

Lyric Hammersmith

God of Carnage, Lyric Hammersmith
God of Carnage, Lyric Hammersmith

They say kids will be kids, but the adults are worse – much worse.

The other day in the park, 11-year-old Ferdinand knocked 11-year-old Bruno’s two front teeth out. Their parents meet up to have a civil conversation about the misdemeanours of their children in a suitably calm and rational way… what can go wrong? As night falls chaos ensues with explosive tantrums, name-calling and tears. 

Lyric Associate Director Nicholai La Barrie directs Yasmina Reza’s Olivier and Tony Award-winning play, translated by Academy Award-winning Christopher Hampton.

With her sharp corrosive wit, Reza rips the thin veneer of civility with heart-pounding honesty. God of Carnage is the unmissable darkly funny roller-coaster you won’t want to end.

Making her Lyric stage debut is Freema Agyeman as Veronique Vallonbest known for her role as the companion Martha Jones in Doctor Who (BBC) as well as Trish in Dreamland (Sky). Also joining Lyric Associate Director Nicholai La Barrie’s production is Ariyon Bakare who previously appeared in BBC hit series His Dark Materials, playing Alain Reille; Dinita Gohil, recently seen in the Father and the Assassin (National Theatre) takes on the role of Annette Reille; and Martin Hutson, seen in Small Island (National Theatre), plays Michel Vallon.

Translated by Christoper Hampton.
Directed by Nicholai La Barrie.
NEED TO KNOW: God of Carnage is at Lyric Hammersmith from 1 to 30 Sept 2023