TUE 23 MAY
Paines Plough and Pentabus present
Every Brilliant Thing
Heart-wrenching, hilarious, possibly one of the funniest plays you'll ever see, full stop. THE GUARDIAN
The worldwide smash hit is back on tour.
You’re seven years old. Mum’s in hospital. Dad says she’s 'done something stupid'. She finds it hard to be happy.
You make a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world.
Everything worth living for:
1. Ice cream
2. Water fights
3. Staying up past your bedtime and being allowed to watch TV
4. The colour yellow
5. Things with stripes
7. People falling over
A play about depression and the lengths we go to for those we love, written by Duncan Macmillan, the man behind last year's National Theatre hit People, Places, Things. Based on true and untrue stories.
Suitable for 14yrs+
Running time: one hour
*Booking Fees Apply. By phone, in person & online: A 75p per ticket booking fee applies.
The maximum fee you will be charged when booking by phone or in person is £8. Booking fees are unlimited online.
An extra charge of £1 applies if you would also like your tickets posted. Marlowe Friends do not pay a postage charge. There is no booking fee made for group bookings of 15 tickets or more or customers with access needs, when booking by phone or in person.
"Heart-wrenching, hilarious... possibly one of the funniest plays you'll ever see, full stop."
★★★★ THE GUARDIAN
"Captivating… guaranteed to keep your eyes brimming… often very funny… takes the chill off the depths of a light-starved winter."
NEW YORK TIMES
"Funny, clever, and surprisingly uplifting."
★★★★ THE TELEGRAPH
"A life-affirming gem… as profound a work as you are ever likely to experience on a New York stage."
"Filled to the brim with joy... beautiful, heart wrenching and very funny."
★★★★ TIME OUT LONDON
"Every Brilliant Thing may be the funniest show about depression you’ve ever seen… about finding reasons to live rather than reasons to die. And those reasons can be as minute as wearing a cape and as big as falling in love."
NEW YORK POST
"Genuinely wonderful and life affirming. It is impossible not to love."
★★★★ A YOUNGER THEATRE
"Bewitching… about as brilliant as theatre can get."
"Beautifully directed... perfectly cast... deeply personal. I defy anyone not to laugh and cry."
"Dual interest in joy and sorrow... a perfect balance."
★★★★ THE INDEPENDENT
"Absurdly cherishable... fantastically likeable."
★★★★ THE SUNDAY TIMES
"A piece that demonstrates why life is worth living... you'll leave feeling elated."
★★★★ THE SCOTSMAN
"Immensely likeable... with great sensitivity behind the abundant laughs."
★★★★ EVENING STANDARD
"A heart-warming show."
★★★★ FINANCIAL TIMES
"Heart-wrenching and hilarious."
★★★★★ THREE WEEKS
"Superbly crafted... an extraordinary piece of theatre."
★★★★★ BROADWAY WORLD
"It's achingly sad in places, touchingly sweet in others and just hilarious the rest of the time."
"This can be summed up in one word: brilliant."
"Charming piece that reminds us of the undeniable power and immersion of live performance."
★★★★ UK THEATRE WEB
"Touching and astonishingly funny."
★★★★ TV BOMB
"Uproarious, glorious, joyful, life-affirming."
★★★★ ACROSS THE ARTS
"Both serious and hilarious... a heartwarming show."
"Jonny Donahoe is wonderful in his performance-brutally honest, yet bittersweet, warm and hilarious."
★★★★ BROADWAY BABY
The following per ticket fees apply when booking tickets at our theatre:
- Booking by phone and in person at our Box Office: £1 per ticket booking fee
- Booking online: 75p per ticket booking fee
- The Marlowe Friends (booking by phone, in person at the Box Office and online): 75p per ticket booking fee
- For all productions in The Marlowe Studio (booking by phone, in person at the Box Office and online): 75p per ticket booking fee
The maximum booking fee you will be charged, when booking your tickets in person or over the phone, is £8. If you book more than 15 tickets per transaction, in person or over the phone, you will not be charged a booking fee.
If you book online, you will be charged a per ticket booking fee for all of the tickets that you book, with no maximum booking fee charge. Customers with access needs are not charged a booking fee if booking by phone and in person.
An extra charge of £1 applies if you would like your tickets posted. The Marlowe Friends do not pay a postage charge.
Booking fees do not apply for creative workshops, school group bookings, artist talks and gift vouchers.