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A Pacifist's Guide To The War On Cancer

National Theatre Dorfman, South Bank, London, United Kingdom, SE1 9PX

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The Dorfman Theatre hosts the world premiere of Complicite’s musical exploration of life with a cancer diagnosis, crafted by Bryony Kimmings to confront the scariest word we know.

A Pacifist’s Guide To The War On Cancer features all the big anthems, shiny costumes, singing and dancing you would expect of a West End musical, but centres around the blood, tears and stories of real cancer patients in a rip-roaring, heart-breaking celebration of ordinary life and death.

Exploring the reality behind the poster campaigns and pink ribbons, including waiting rooms, chemo suites, changing bodies, family pressures and financial worries, this whistle-stop tour of five unconventional stories about cancer is bold and illuminating.

Kimmings’ previous critically acclaimed experimental works have seen her become a pop star involved by a 9 year old and spend 7 days in a controlled environment in a constant state of intoxication.

Contains adult themes and strong language.

Cast & Creatives

Naana Agyei-Ampadu, Amy Booth-Steel, Jenny Fitzpatrick, Hal Fowler, Amanda Hadingue, Francesca Mills, Golda Rosheuvel, Max Runham, Rose Shalloo, Gareth Snook, Lottie Vallis, Gary Wood
Bryony Kimmings
Music by
Tom Parkinson
Lyrics by
Bryony Kimmings
Book by
Bryony Kimmings & Brian Lobel
Complicite Associates & National Theatre in association with HOME Manchester
Lizzi Gee
Christina Cunningham
Lighting Designer
Paul Anderson
Set Designer
Lucy Osborne
Lewis Gibson

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National Theatre Dorfman

South Bank, London, United Kingdom, SE1 9PX
020 7452 3000
Official site
Nearest tube
Waterloo (approx. 250m), Southwark
Nearest bus
76, 77, 211, 507, D1, D11, P11 (York Road) 149, P11 (Stamford Street)1, 4, 26, 68, X68, 76, 168, 171, 171A, 176, 188, 501, 505, 521 (Waterloo Bridge)
Nearest train
Waterloo (approx. 250m)
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£30.00- £35.00

Age suitability
Show times
Mon-Sat 7.30pm, Sat 2pm
Previews from
Opening night
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