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God of Carnage

January 14 - January 18

Downton Abbey favourite Elizabeth McGovern stars in this Olivier and Tony award-winning play. This ruthlessly comic study of middle class parenting by the author of Art, is one of the most successful plays ever in the history of the West End.

When eleven-year-old Ferdinand hits eleven-year-old Bruno with a stick in a playground punch-up and knocks out two of his teeth, the combatants’ enlightened parents decide to meet to talk things over civilly. But once the niceties are done with and the drink starts flowing, it is the parents who turn into spoiled brats.

Elizabeth McGovern is best-known for her performance as Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham in Downton Abbey – for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award – and stars in the forthcoming hit film. She received an Academy Award nomination for the 1981 film Ragtime. Her other films include Ordinary People, Once Upon a Time in America, The Handmaid’s Tale and The Wings of the Dove.

God of Carnage is directed by award-winning director Lindsay Posner who has worked extensively in the West End and at the Royal Court Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre.

‘Middle-class savagery has never been so much fun’ – TIMES

‘Explosive and hilarious. Elizabeth McGovern is in great form’ – MAIL ON SUNDAY

‘Magnificent… wildly funny’ – SUNDAY EXPRESS

‘Elizabeth McGovern on cracking comic form. A top class production’ – DAILY MAIL

Written by Yasmina Reza

Translated by Christopher Hampton

Directed by Lindsay Posner

Designed by Peter McKintosh

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Main Auditorium


Tickets from £27.50

Ticket prices include £1.50 Restoration Levy and £1.00 Booking Fee.


Vanbrugh Members: Mon 16 Sep
Friends: Mon 23 Sep
General Booking: Mon 30 Sep

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Running times



January 14
January 18
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Yvonne Arnaud Theatre
Guildford, Surrey GU1 3UX United Kingdom
01483 44 00 00


Yvonne Arnaud Theatre and the Mill Studio
01483 440000

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