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Accidental Death of an Anarchist

An Anarchist has fallen to his death from a police station window. But did he jump or was he thrown?

As the police prepare for an inquiry into the incident, an unhinged showman known only as the Maniac is arrested and brought into the station. Seizing the opportunity to put on a show, he leads the police in an absurd recreation of their version of events, exposing the cover-ups, corruption and profound idiocy of an institution in free-fall.

A razor-sharp satire, Tom Basden’s wickedly hilarious adaptation relocates Dario Fo’s classic farce to contemporary London and features a show-stopping performance from Daniel Rigby, as the Maniac.

A Lyric Hammersmith Theatre and Sheffield Theatres co-production in association with Playful Productions.

Important Information

Content Warning: This performance contains strong language and references to mental illness, misogyny, suicide and references to police violence – including of some recent high profile cases of police abuse.

This performance features smoke, haze, strobe lighting, flash/blinder lights and loud music. 

Age guidance: 14+

Assisted Performances

Audio Described: 28-Mar-23 7:30pm
Captioned: 31-Mar-23 7:30pm
Chilled environment: 05-Apr-23 1:30pm

Age Restrictions

Age guidance: 14+

Performance Times

Now taking bookings for performances up until Sat 8th April 2023.

Show times for each day are below.















Lyric Hammersmith Theatre Details

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Accidental Death of an Anarchist

Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, London

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Running time: 120 minutes