a comedy by Florian Zeller
translated by Christopher Hampton
10 Sept – 20 Oct 2018
10 Sept – 20 Oct 2018
Performances daily at 7.30pm, ex. Sundays

Ticket sales from 18 Juni 2018

60 min
20 min
45 min
approx. at 9.35 pm


How much sincerity can a marriage stand? Is dishonesty the wiser choice for long lasting love? Paul and Alice are about to entertain their friends, Michel and Laurence, for dinner. But Alice has spotted Michel kissing another woman passionately in the street that very afternoon and is now confronted with a dilemma: how much should she reveal to Michel’s wife Laurence? She seems to have a compulsion towards the truth whereas her husband, the eternal pragmatist, argues in favour of neutrality and peace-keeping – therefore for lying. A comical argument ensues and as their own relationship is held up to scrutiny, the question as to who is being protected and why, grows ever more difficult to answer. Only one thing’s for sure – don’t expect this dinner to go smoothly!

“Zippy and witty – Florian Zeller is the most exciting playwright of our time.” – The Guardian

A snappy portrait of relationships, presenting language as a minefield in the warzone of marriage.” – Time Out

Cast & Creative Team

Amanda Osborne
Martyn Stanbridge
Richard Emerson
Saman Giraud

Sean Aita
Hans Kudlich
Andrea Itzinger
There will be one interval of twenty minutes.,

The video and/or audio recording of this performance by any means whatsoever are strictly prohibited.

The Lie, in this translation by Christopher Hampton, was first produced at the Menier Chocolate Factory
on 14 September 2017.