The City

Profoundly unsettling. Darkly comic.

Clair wants to be kissed but not by her husband. Chris wants to celebrate his new job by driving into the oncoming traffic. Jenny arrives to complain about the screaming children – but the garden's empty, and the key to the playroom's disappeared.

What is real and what is not? Groundbreaking contemporary British playwright Martin Crimp explores the threats, insecurities and anxieties of urban life in a surreal and collapsing world.


Photos: Tai Segel (PanCake Beaver)

Martin Crimp

Martin Crimp’s work for the theatre includes The City (2008), Fewer Emergencies (2005), Cruel and Tender (2004), Face to the Wall (2002), The Country (2000), Attempts On Her Life (1997), The Treatment (1993), Getting Attention (1992), No One Sees the Video (1991), Play with Repeats (1989), Dealing with Clair (1988), and Definitely the Bahamas (1987).

His translations include Rhinoceros (2007), The False Servant (2004), The Triumph of Love (1999), The Maids (1999), The Chairs (1997), Roberto Zucco (1997), a new version of The Seagull (2006) for London’s National Theatre, and a contemporary adaptation of The Misanthrope (1996).

2012 will see the premiere of his second collaboration with composer George Benjamin, Written on Skin, which opens at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence ⎯ as well as a new play for London’s Royal Court Theatre.

The City

By: Martin Crimp


When: April 2013
Where: Bådteatret, Copenhagen


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