by Thomas Vinterberg, Mogens Rukov & Bo Hr. Hansen
Adapted for the English stage by David Eldridge
Directed by Alex Coke and Justine Malone
Date & Time: 18-22 October 2016
7.30pm (2:30pm Saturday matinee)
Venue: Mathematical Institute, Woodstock Road, Oxford
Originally produced in London by Marla Rubin Productions Ltd
Groups 8+: buy 7 tickets, get the 8th free (in person or by phone)
I've written two speeches, Dad. You get to choose which one I give.
It is the eve of Helge's 60th birthday. His wife, daughter and two sons have gathered to celebrate with him at their family-owned hotel.
On the surface, it is an ideal family portrait - until eldest son Christian gets to his feet to raise a toast to his father, and breaks the silence around a disturbing family secret.
Trapped in the hotel, the perfect image begins to fracture. Is Christian telling the truth? Or will brother turn against brother as the family tears itself apart?
An English-language adaptation of the Danish film and play, Festen is a darkly funny, savage and uncomfortable journey through a dinner party that no one will ever forget.
Please note: this production contains strong language, adult themes and sexual content.
Running Time: 2 hours inc interval
Helge - Tom Hare Duke
Else - Cathy Oakes
Christian - Rob Cole
Helene - Tracey Rimell
Michael - Simon Bellamy
Mette - Cate Nunn
Lars - Nancy White
Kim - Carla Buckingham
Gbatokai - Arun Joseph
Pia - Rosanna Mills
Helmut - Ian Nutt
Poul - David Guthrie
Grandmother - Barbara Denton