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A Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, ETT and Sheffield Theatres co-production, commissioned by ETT.

The Good Person of Szechwan

By Bertolt Brecht. Translated by Nina Segal. Directed by Anthony Lau.
15 Apr - 13 May 2023
Running time
140 minutes
Main House

"What is the cost of being good?”

In the hustle and bustle of a modern-day metropolis, Shen Te is doing all she can to get by.

When three gods reward her hospitality with a life-changing sum of money, Shen Te opens a tobacco shop and claims the stability she’s always dreamed of. But the struggle is not over yet. Forced to question the cost of her own survival, she resorts to scheming and deceit to flourish in this capitalist world.

Bursting with humour, energy and karaoke, Brecht’s play is brought up to date in a new version by Nina Segal (In The Night Time (Before The Sun Rises)), directed by Anthony Lau (Sheffield Theatres’ Anna Karenina).

The Good Person of Szechwan has been selected as a best theatre pick for 2023 by The Guardian, Daily Telegraph and The Times. 

Content warning:

Please note that this production contains strobe lighting, strong language and references to suicide. Click here for more information on trigger warnings.

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