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A Day in the Death of Joe Egg


A poignant comedy and biting social satire, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg walks a tightrope between humour and heartbreak. Featuring veteran of stage and screen Miriam Margolyes along with actor and comedian Miles Jupp. Watch new trailer.

A couple are struggling to cope with caring for their disabled child. Brian is a harassed teacher who works at an unruly British comprehensive and is defiantly unsentimental about their situation. Sheila on the other hand is a resilient mother who desperately clings to the hope that one day her daughter will overcome her medical condition.

Finding it easier to confide in the audience than each other, they replay key episodes in their life story like practiced marital rituals.

Nothing is off limits for Brian’s mockery including his doting, decent wife who plays along to keep her husband happy. But as they are pushed to the limits of emotional trauma, it becomes a self-defeating means of deflecting the heart-ache within.


With the Director
Thu 27 October
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Miriam Margolyes, Miles Jupp, Joseph Chance, Sarah Tansey and Olivia Darnley.

A funny and thought-provoking black comedy by Peter Nichols

Main Theatre

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    Rated: (5/5), based on 7 ratings


19 October - 12 November 2011

Previews 19-20.10.11
Audio Described 27.10.11
Signed 02.11.11
Captioned 03.11.11
Wheelchair Access
Guide Dogs welcome
Induction Loop



A Day in the Death of Joe Egg was premiered at the Citizens Theatre in 1967, directed by Michael Blakemore. It was a major success, transferring to London’s West End and then Broadway. A Tony Award winner, it was famously revived in 2001 as both a stage and television play starring Eddie Izzard, Victoria Hamilton and Prunella Scales. More than 40 years on, it returns to its original home.

Read our compendium of facts on the original production.

From our blog:
Choosing Joe Egg
by Dominic Hill
Memories of Opening Night 1967
by Peter Nichols
(available on request) Contact Louise Brown by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or phone 0141 418 6273.

A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG Schools' Resource Pack.pdf

Mon 7 November
Free but ticketed
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Creative Team >

Peter Nichols
Phillip Breen
Max Jones
Tina MacHugh
Vivien Taylor        

Philip Breen has previously directed The Shadow of a Gunman and The Caretaker at the Citizens - both to critical acclaim - and recently directed a touring production of The Hard Man.


“If Ricky Gervais wants a few tips on what constitutes real artistic taboo- breaking, he should perhaps consider attending Phillip Breen’s revival of Peter Nichols’ dangerously black comedy.”

The Herald

“Miriam Margolyes’ cameo as Bri’s twin-set clad mum Grace is a masterclass in suburban grotesquery”
The Herald

“fascinating, witty and thought-provoking…Breen’s production is an indictment, a shocking exposé of our treatment of the disabled in the past.”

“If the casting of Margolyes is a stroke of genius, though, it’s only the first of many in a flawless and sometimes brilliant production. Miles Jupp and Sarah Tansey, as Brian and Sheila, are both superb and heartbreaking”
The Scotsman

“In 1967…After its premiere in Glasgow, it went on to be a West End hit, gallows humour and all…The play still feels unsettlingly frank in its depiction of carers under stress. Bri and Sheila, the parents, use the driest of black humour as a coping mechanism. That they are the ones doing the work allows them to give voice to dark desires that, even in today’s world of taboo-busting comedians, still seem a daring inclusion in the play.”
The Guardian

“Classy staging…supple, fluent direction…Jupp and Tansey will break your heart at times…Gripping stuff.”
The Times

“harrowing, yet mesmerising…the thought provoking Sixties classic has lost none of its power. Or its power to shock, as it plumbs great emotional depths while still managing to be incredibly funny.”

“universally excellent cast…Sarah Tansey’s in control, yet teetering, Sheila contrasting wonderfully with Jupp’s bumbling and clever schoolteacher”
Sunday Herald

“Even after 44 years, Peter Nichols’ script still sparkles with its cutting observations of social unease around disability, and its sharp satire of simplistic solutions to impossible situations.”
The Stage


Liam McIntyre

16th November 2011

i think the play was good at the start and it was was good but the second half was serious and i think it got a bit boring

Gary McMillan

16th November 2011

I thought The Day And The Death Of Joe Egg was very good and intresting. What I liked most about it was how they acted out how they felt about there child. I thought the way they acted was very beleveabl.

Jenna Neil

16th November 2011

I really enjoyed 'the day in the death of joe egg' performance. I especially enjoyed the parts where the characters of the drama interacted with the audience.Its going to be a drama i will remember,I would defonatily recommed it.

Theresa Adamson

11th November 2011

A stunningly good play, there were laughs and real tears. Fabulous acting, and a great script, what a night. The audience was, in fact , left stunned at the end, the silence was palpible. I dont think the cast realized how we were affected, even the applause , and i know this will sound odd, was silent, no chatter, no breathing. Loved every minute.

Reaghan Reilly

9th November 2011

Wed 9 Nov: Just back from the Citz. Chatted with the couple behind me at the interval who'd seen the 1967 Citizen's production - very interesting to hear comparisons/differences. Chatted with the cast (minus Miriam and 'Joe') in the bar after tonight's performance - great bunch of people. What a remarkable script and just as shocking now as it was then. Beautifully directed and acted wonderfully by the entire ensemble. I wish I had seen it earlier in the run so I could go and see it again!

Annet Gardner

30th October 2011

Wonderful,heartbreaking and darkly funny play, that doesn't even half do it justice - superb acting and a script that managed to make me laugh and cry at the same time. Thought provoking, shocking and so sad, an absolute must-see. Do not miss this play.


25th October 2011

We received the following feedback from our enews competition winner: "Thank you very much indeed for the tickets you left for my wife and I and the opportunity to see some wonderful acting. The play was very thought provoking and funny at the same time. I thought Mlles was very comfortable on the stage and took command of the play from the start and I am sure his performance and the audience's response lifted the confidence of all who were there performing such a delicate balancing act between pathos and humour. Everyone was so professional and entertaining so please thank all involved, including the wonderful staff front of house who, as always, were the greatest of ambassadors for Glasgow in general and The Citizens in particular. I have witnessed many performances in many theatres and I can honestly say, and often have done, that The Citizens is one of the top theatre companies in the country. My thanks to you once again and to all involved for a wonderful night out and I look forward to many more of your performances."

Edward Harkins

22nd October 2011

My wife and I were at the opening night last night (Fri 21st Oct)and it was brilliant. (Even if some of the 'humour' was indeed non-PC and sharply 'edgy' for some). We didn't have the likes of Ian Cutherbertson, but the Citz's new artistic director Dominic Hill invited the audience to remain for an after-show impromptu discussion with the original playwright Peter Nichols -the warmly appreciative sentiment from the audience was almost tangible. Peter paid praise to The Citz for having put the play on when he had had refusals from all the other mainstream British theatres he had approached. It was also astonishing to hear how in the 'swinging sixties' he had to appear before the Lord Chamberlain in the presence of uniformed military personnel. The establishment's censorship of the theatre was still in force at the time!

Judith Lois Dick

2nd September 2011

My new husband and I were present at the 1967 premier and as members of the Close Theatre Club,we spent many happy evenings in the company of people like Ian Cuthbertson and Ann Kirsten.

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