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Diary of a Madman

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This razor-sharp look at our post-Brexit and politically calamitous world is a triumph. ★★★★★
The Times


    Written byAl Smith
    Start date4 Aug 2016
    End date28 Aug 2016
  • TicketsFull price £18.50 / Standard concession £13.50 / Other concession £8.50. Previews £12.50 / £8.50.
    Genre Festival, Theatre,

    World Premiere
    Gate Theatre, Notting Hill

    Pop Sheeran, proudly shouldering the family trade of restoring the Forth Rail Bridge, is about to lose it all. A global corporation has bought this Scottish icon, bringing with them innovative new paint. How will Pop fight back when he realises he’s painting himself out of a job?

    The company behind the two Fringe First-winning smash hits Grounded and The Christians return to the Traverse with a brand new adaptation of Gogol’s classic story, reimagined in
    contemporary Scotland.

    Christopher Haydon directs the world premiere of this sharply political, witty play by Al Smith. / @gatetheatre

    Thu 4 Aug, 11am

    Preview Tickets
    Full price £12.50
    Concession £8.50

    Fri 5 – Sun 28 Aug
    (No Mon performances)
    Note: Click on 'Book Now' for dates and times. 

    Full price £18.50
    Standard concession £13.50
    Other concession £8.50

    See our Box Office page for full pricing and booking information.


    Age Recommendation

    Contains adult themes and strong language.

    Supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Arts Council England.

    Image by Iona Firouzabadi

    • Christopher Haydon

    • Al Smith

    • Deborah Arnott, Liam Brennan, Lois Chimimba, Guy Clark & Louise McMenemy

    • Rosanna Vize

    • Alexandra Faye Braithwaite

      Sound Designer
    • Mark Howland

      Lighting Designer
    • Richard Bell

      Associate Sound Designer
    • George Bach

      Associate Lighting Designer
    • Anna Lewis

      Associate Designer
    • Priya Dosanjh

      Assistant Director
    • This razor-sharp look at our post-Brexit and politically calamitous world is a triumph. ★★★★★
      The Times
    • Likely to be one of the best remembered plays of the Traverse programme and the whole of the Fringe. ★★★★★
      British Theatre Guide
    • Funny and heart-breaking, Diary is a tour de force of writing, directing and acting. ★★★★
      Across the Arts
    • A playful study of identity. ★★★★
      Evening Standard
    • Smith writes family tensions beautifully. ★★★★
      Fest Magazine
    • In Christopher Haydon’s finely judged production, we understand and feel for all these characters. ★★★★
      The Independent
    • A highlight. ★★★★
      The Financial Times
    • Smart, engaging and often very funny. ★★★★
      The Stage
    • Extravagant theatrical absurdity and heart-rending domestic tragedy. ★★★★
      The Telegraph
    • A contemporary, nationalistic piece that’s quick and witty. ★★★★
      TV Bomb
    • The performances are exemplary. ★★★★
      What's On Stage
    • A searing commentary on nationalism in internationalism. ★★★★
      The Beast's Pen
    • Audacious new take on Diary of A Madman. ★★★★
      The Herald
    • Liam Brennan is both toweringly tragic and absurdly bluff. ★★★★
      The Independent
    • Slides from comedy to tragedy seamlessly. ★★★★
      Broadway Baby
    • It is difficult to imagine a play as important or as rewarding. ★★★★
      The Reviews Hub
    • Liam Brennan is both brilliant and heart-breaking as Pop Sheeran.
      The Scotsman
    • A powerful and affecting picture of distress and delusion.
      Sunday Herald

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