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Young Marx

18 October - 31 December 2017 Choose Dates & Book

This production ran from 18 October – 31 December 2017

1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke, restless and horny, the thirty-two-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy.

Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures. His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius, his only hope is a job on the railway. But there’s still no one in the capital who can show you a better night on the piss than Karl Heinrich Marx.

Rory Kinnear plays Marx and Oliver Chris, Engels. The production reunites the creative team behind Richard Bean’s smash hit One Man, Two Guvnors, with direction by Nicholas Hytner, design by Mark Thompson, music by Grant Olding, sound by Paul Arditti and lighting by Mark Henderson.

Young Marx was broadcast by National Theatre Live on 7 December. For details on Encore screenings of this production please visit ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk

 

“A SERIOUSLY CLEVER COMEDY. RIOTOUS FUN.”

The Times ★★★★

“HIGH MARX FOR BRIDGE THEATRE’S OPENING SHOW.”

Evening Standard ★★★★

“RORY KINNEAR IS ON GLORIOUS FORM.”

The Independent ★★★★

“THE EVENING FEELS ALIVE BOTH WITH TRUTH AND WITH REINVENTION.”

The Observer ★★★★
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Ticket Prices
£65, £50, £35, £25, £15
Reduced prices for previews & midweek matinees
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Performance Schedule
Tuesday to Saturday 7.45pm, Wednesday & Saturday 2.30pm & Sunday 3pm

Length
Approximately 2 hours 20 minutes (including an interval)

Additional Information
Contains strong language, sexual references and violence

From the programme

The Second Time as Farce

Francis Wheen

It is one of Karl Marx’s most quoted lines: “Hegel remarks somewhere that all great world-historic facts and personages appear, so to speak, twice. He forgot to add: the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.” As something of a world-historic…

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The Mill-Owning Marxist

Tristram Hunt

“Marx was a genius; we others were at best talented.” The secret to the friendship between Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels – perhaps the greatest intellectual companionship in Western political thought – lay in Engels’s acceptance…

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Soho in 1850

Rosemary Ashton

Two years after the failed 1848 revolutions in all the capital cities of Europe – all, that is, except London – Soho was the area in which the largest number of foreign political exiles were to be found. Here they lodged in cheap rooms…

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Cast

Nicholas Burns
August von Willich
Nicholas Burns
Nancy Carroll
Jenny von Westphalen
Nancy Carroll
Oliver Chris
Friedrich Engels
Oliver Chris
Laura Elphinstone
Helene 'Nym' Demuth
Laura Elphinstone
Eben Figueiredo
Konrad Schramm
Eben Figueiredo
Tony Jayawardena
Gert 'Doc' Schmidt
Tony Jayawardena
Scott Karim
Mr Grabiner/Constable Singe
Scott Karim
Rory Kinnear
Karl Marx
Rory Kinnear
Alana Ramsey
Mrs Mullet
Alana Ramsey
Sophie Russell
Librarian
Sophie Russell
Fode Simbo
Helmut
Fode Simbo
William Troughton
Constable Crimp
William Troughton
Joseph Wilkins
Sergeant Savage
Joseph Wilkins
Duncan Wisbey
Mr Fleece/Bearded Man
Duncan Wisbey
Miltos Yerolemou
Emmanuel Barthélemy
Miltos Yerolemou
Logan Clark
Guido “Fawksey” Marx
Logan Clark
Rupert Turnbull
Guido “Fawksey” Marx
Rupert Turnbull
Joseph Walker
Guido “Fawksey” Marx
Joseph Walker
Dixie Egerickx
Jenny Caroline “Qui Qui” Marx
Dixie Egerickx
Matilda Shapland
Jenny Caroline “Qui Qui” Marx
Matilda Shapland
Harriet Turnbull
Jenny Caroline “Qui Qui” Marx
Harriet Turnbull

Creative Team

Writers
Richard Bean and Clive Coleman
Director
Nicholas Hytner
Designer
Mark Thompson
Lighting
Mark Henderson
Sound
Paul Arditti
Music
Grant Olding
Fight Director
Kate Waters