A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

Peter Nichols’ funny and moving masterpiece, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, is the extraordinary play inspired by the author’s own experience of raising his daughter. A story about family, it shines a light on her parents’ caring for their disabled daughter, affectionately nicknamed “Joe Egg”, and how they live using wild wry humour to keep the family together.

This new production brings together some of Britain’s greatest actors including Toby Stephens (Oslo, Lost in Space), Claire Skinner (Outnumbered) as husband and wife, Bri and Sheila, who star alongside Olivier Award winner Patricia Hodge (Miranda, National Theatre’s Money) as Bri’s mother, all making their long-awaited returns to the West End in this new production from leading director Simon Evans (Killer Joe, Arturo Ui).

Hilarious and heartbreaking, this vitally important story will pierce your heart one moment, and fill it with warmth the next. With its courageous humour and astonishing honesty, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg is the must see play of the autumn.

‘Heartbreaking. Funny. Full of bravery.’


★★★★ ‘Pin-sharp. Heartbreaking and funny’

Evening Standard



Booking Information

This show contains the smoking of herbal cigarettes.


Approx. running times for A Day in the Death of Joe Egg is 2 hours 30 mins, including a 20 minute interval.

Good To Know

The appearance of any member of cast is subject to change and may be affected by contracts, holiday, illness, or events beyond the producers' control. If in doubt please check with the Box Office before booking.

This show contains the smoking of herbal cigarettes.

From Monday 7th October to Monday 21st October, the Extinction Rebellion have organised protests across London designed to cause major disruption to those who work, live or travel in to London during this period.


Trafalgar Studio 1

14 Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A 2DY

Additional Details & FAQ

Access Information

For access bookings, please contact the Box Office on 0800 912 6971


Cancellation Policy

No refunds or exchanges after booking.

How Does It Work

You will receive a booking confirmation email.

Please print the booking confirmation and bring it on the day, a minimum of 30 minutes before the performance start time. You will also need to present the card used to purchase the tickets as valid ID.

Suitable For Children

Age recommendation: 12+ 

Where Do I Go

Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A 2DY


4.2(13 reviews)
  • Richard shepherd

    Dec 4, 2019

    This play was superb . Both sad and funny and unexpectedly touching . Perfect casting . And could easily watch it again . Utter class !

  • Kate W

    Nov 28, 2019

    We were brought into Bri and Sheila's living room and felt the intensity of their strained relationship emotional toll of caring for their daughter who has cerebral palsy. Although the subject matter is serious there is plenty of light relief.

  • tim smith

    Nov 24, 2019

    Brilliant acting, but such a dull script. We see many plays .....and this was un-inspiring. The guy next to me fell asleep!

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