Young Marx

18 October - 31 December 2017 Choose Dates & Book

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 will be broadcast by National Theatre Live on 7 December.

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Ticket Prices
£65, £50, £35, £25, £15
Reduced prices for previews & midweek matinees
Premium tickets available
To be confirmed
Additional Information
Contains strong language, sexual references and violence


Oliver Chris
Friedrich Engels
Oliver Chris
Rory Kinnear
Karl Marx
Rory Kinnear

Creative Team

Richard Bean and Clive Coleman
Nicholas Hytner
Mark Thompson
Mark Henderson
Paul Arditti
Grant Olding
Fight Director
Kate Waters