Bryony Kimmings has created an all-singing, all-dancing production that examines life with cancer diagnosis, running at the National Theatre’s Dorfman Theatre from the 14th October until the 29th November. 

Francesca Mills and company rehearsing A Pacifist's Guide to the War on Cancer  (c) Sarah Ainslie.jpg
Francesca Mills and company. (c) Sarah Ainslie. 

This co-production with Complicite Associates is a musical which confronts our fear and the highs and lows of cancer. It features a book written by Bryony Kimmings and Brian Lobel.

Looking behind all of the poster campaigns and the pink ribbons, A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer will look at the realities of living with cancer from the waiting rooms and chemo suites to the family and financial worries.

Hal Fowler and  Jenny Fitzpatrick rehearsing A Pacifist's Guide to the War on Cancer (c) Sarah Ainslie
Hal Fowler and Jenny Fitzpatrick. (c) Sarah Ainslie. 

Bryony Kimmings has written the lyrics to the music composed by Tom Parkinson for this production which is getting its London premiere following its world premiere at HOME Manchester and a tour to Exeter Northcott Theatre.

A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer will feature plenty of big anthems as well as covering some big issues that aren’t mentioned when it comes to discussing cancer in this heartbreaking celebration of ordinary life and death.

The full cast for the production includes: Naana Agyei-Ampadu, Amy Booth-Steel, Jenny Fitzpatrick, Hal Fowler, Amanda Hadingue, Francesca Mills, Golda Rosheuvel, Max Runham, Rose Shalloo, Gareth Snook, Lottie Vallis and Gary Wood.

Meanwhile, the production’s creative team also features: set design by Lucy Osborne, costume design by Christina Cunningham, choreography by Lizzi Gee, music direction by Marc Tritschler, lighting design by Paul Anderson and sound design by Lewis Gibson.

Gareth Snook and company of  A Pacifist's Guide to the War on Cancer Rehearsal Room (c) Sarah Ainslie.jpg
Gareth Snook and company. (c)Sarah Ainslie. 

A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer will run at the Dorfman Theatre from the 14th October until the 29th November. For more information and to book tickets visit: https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/a-pacifists-guide-to-the-war-on-cancer

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