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Lyric Hammersmith Theatre presents

God of Carnage

Written by Yasmina Reza. Translated by Christopher Hampton. Directed by Nicholai La Barrie.
01 - 30 Sep 2023
£10 - £44
Running time
90 minutes
Main House

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.


Winner! Three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Play
Winner! 2009 Olivier Award for Best Comedy


Content Warning: This production will contain strong language, simulated projectile vomit and one instance of racist language.  This performance will feature haze. There are instances of strobe-like lighting and loud music. Please note, warnings will be updated regularly to reflect any technical features added to the production during the rehearsal period.

In the press:

BBC News ‘Doctor Who star Freema Agyeman will appear in a new stage production of the Tony and Olivier-winning dark comedy God of Carnage.’