Freema Agyeman returns to the London stage as Veronique in a new production of classic comedy drama God of Carnage
Freema Agyeman is starring in a new stage revival of popular dark comedy God of Carnage. The former Doctor Who star will play Veronique Vallon in the play set over the course of one evening as two sets of parents hold a crisis meeting.
Another schoolboy called Ferdinand knocks out the two front teeth of Veronique’s son Bruno. Soon, she and her husband Michel (Martin Hutson) are meeting with Ferdinand’s parents Alain (Ariyon Bakare, The Woman Who Lived) and Annette (Dinita Gohil). But what begins as a civilized discussion turns to childish squabbling as events spiral comically out of control. Originally written by French playwright Yasmina Reza and translated into English by Christopher Hampton, God of Carnage has gone on to win multiple Olivier and Tony Awards. It was also memorably adapted into the film Carnage, with Jodie Foster in Agyeman’s new role.
Discussing her new role, Agyeman says, “I am beyond thrilled to be returning to the London stage, and where better than the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, with its incredible history and tradition – a space where consistently solid, inclusive and high calibre work is created and shared. I’m also happy to be staying in the genre of dark comedy post- Dreamland – God of Carnage made me gasp and guffaw in equal measure! I look forward to performing in this play alongside the fantastic cast and am very excited to be working with director Nicholai La Barrie whose enthusiasm is infectious!“
The play runs for the month of September at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre. You can book your tickets now here.
God of Carnage
They say kids will be kids, but the adults are worse – much worse.
The other day in the park, 11 year old Ferdinand knocked 11 year old Bruno’s two front teeth out. Their parents meet up to have a civil conversation about the misdemeanours of their children in a suitably calm and rational way… what can go wrong? As night falls chaos ensues with explosive tantrums, name-calling and tears.