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The Suicide (a comedy)

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Don't miss this riotous, madcap tale of life & death

This Autumn, Red Phoenix Theatre and Holden Street Theatres are proudly presenting a strictly limited season of deliriously funny and laugh-out-loud comedy The Suicide by the Russian playwright Nikolai Erdman.

The Suicide centres on Semyon, an unemployed man who contemplates suicide. When his thoughts become known, a variety of zany characters try to persuade him to die to promote their cause - including artists, intellectuals, lovers and butchers. All plead their case and hope to gain publicity if Semyon dies in their name.

The Suicide was written in 1928 and is a testament to the survival instinct of the individual in the face of crushing external and social forces. When you consider the times in which it was written, the audacity is breathtaking!

The satiric masterpiece celebrates the will to love, argues for the right to work, and is filled with wonderful, wild and madcap humour. Unsurprisingly, Stalin banned it and Erdman was sent to a Siberian work camp for 20 years.

The play was never performed in his lifetime.

Today it is regarded as one of the finest plays to have come out of Communist Russia. Britain's longest-serving theatre critic, Michael Billington, included The Suicide in his collection of The 101 Greatest Plays.

The upcoming production of The Suicide is directed by Brant Eustice and features an outstanding cast including Kate Anolak, Joshua Coldwell, Jess Corrie, Samuel Creighton, Michael Eustice, Ruby Faith, Ron Hoenig, David Lockwood, Callum Logan, Sharon Malujlo, Geoff Revell, Nicole Rutty, Russell Slater, Georgia Stockham, Tom Tassone, Bobbie Viney, and Malcolm Walton.

Don't miss The Suicide! It's a must-see for Adelaide theatre lovers! Tickets are now on sale. Choose from performances from Thursday 25 May to Saturday 27 May and Wednesday 31 May to Saturday 3 June at 7:30pm. Matinee on Sunday 28 May at 2pm.

Tickets are priced as follows: $24.75 Full / $18.75 Concession / $20.75 Group Concession (6+) (a $4.80 handling fee will be applied to each booking).

Purchase your tickets now at or call 8225 8888. Tickets at the door are subject to availability.

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When: 25 May - 3 June
Where: 32-34 Holden Street, Hindmarsh SA 5007
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