A Pacifist's Guide to the War on Cancer

£15.00 — £45.00

A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer is an all-singing, all-dancing examination of life with a cancer diagnosis. This brand new musical takes you on a whistle-stop tour through five unconventional stories about cancer, confronting the highs and lows of the scariest word we know.

Bryony Kimmings creates fearless theatre to provoke social change. Her collaboration with Complicite will look behind the poster campaigns and pink ribbons at the reality of cancer: the waiting rooms and chemo suites, the changed bodies, the family pressures and financial worries.

Expect big anthems, shiny costumes, blood, tears and real cancer patients in this rip-roaring, heartbreaking celebration of ordinary life and death, scratching at the battle metaphors that surround cancer to reveal what really lies beneath.

Commissioned and produced by Complicite.

Schedule

Running Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

National Theatre (Cottesloe)

(London, )
(Waterloo) South Bank
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by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2016
Exeter Northcott Theatre is proud to announce A Pacifist's Guide to the War on Cancer, an all-singing, all-dancing examination of life with a cancer diagnosis.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2017
Matthew Warchus directs Charles Dickens' timeless classic A Christmas Carol in a joyous new adaptation by Jack Thorne, starring Rhys Ifans as Ebenezer Scrooge, opening at The Old Vic on 29 November with previews from 20 November.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2016
A Pacifist's Guide to the War on Cancer, an all-singing, all-dancing examination of living with a cancer diagnosis, is the first show in HOME's autumn 2016 theatre season, between Tue 20 - Sat 24 September 2016.
by Marianka Swain - Sep 2, 2016
Ruth Wilson takes the title role in HEDDA GABLER in a new version by Patrick Marber, directed by Ivo van Hove, in the new National Theatre season. The production previews from 5 December.
by Marianka Swain - Sep 12, 2016
Performance artist Brian Lobel has spent 12 years creating innovative work out of difficult personal experiences and tough topics. He's now joined forces with Bryony Kimmings and Complicite to create the highly anticipated new musical A Pacifist's Guide to the War on Cancer, which premieres at Manchester's HOME on 20 September, then plays Exeter Northcott and the National Theatre.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2017
Complicite today announces programming for 2018 in January the company will stage a reimagined version of A Pacifist's Guide to the War on Cancer, its collaboration with performance artist Bryony Kimmings. Kimmings will lead the company in this reworked production performing across the UK before a tour to Australia.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2016
On the heels of unanimous raves on Broadway, Carole Shorenstein Hays announced today that the Complicite production of The Encounter, Simon McBurney's riveting one-man play where audience members must wear headphones to take part in the journey, will continue at the Curran for a limited engagement next spring, April 25 - May 7, 2017.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2016
Exeter Northcott Theatre presents A Pacifist's Guide to the War on Cancer, an all-singing, all-dancing examination of life with a cancer diagnosis.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2017
The Belgrade Theatre has announced more shows to be added to its Spring 2018 Season, including the multi-award winning West End comedy The Play That Goes Wrong from Mon 19 to Sat 24 March, back by phenomenal demand following a sold out run earlier this year.
by Marianka Swain - Oct 20, 2016
How do you make a musical about cancer? This latest work from Bryony Kimmings isn't just theatre, but metatheatre. Her voiceovers and the emails published in the programme detail the at times highly personal development process, and a gut punch of a last 15 minutes strip away the comfort of fictional distance. It could be self-indulgent; instead, it becomes an effective method for making us confront that other, bigger question: how do we talk about, prepare for and deal with illness?
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2018
Prepare to be chilled to the bone when psychological thriller BLOOD RUNS DEEP receives its premiere in Liverpool this autumn.
by Marianka Swain - Oct 1, 2016
London is never short of theatre temptations, whether splashy West End shows, epic dramas or bold fringe offerings. From Amadeus and a starry Stoppard revival to exciting new musicals, here are some of this month's most eye-catching openings. Don't forget to check back for BroadwayWorld's reviews…
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2017
The Seymour Centre has unveiled the incredible line up of productions making up the 2018 Program at the venue.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2016
Northern Broadsides are set to start off their 25th anniversary year by joining forces with the award-winning New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme, to stage Cyrano, a new adaptation by award-winning playwright Deborah McAndrew (An August Bank Holiday Lark) of Edmond Rostand's classic romantic comedy Cyrano de Bergerac.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2018
Kirsty Housley directs a deliciously gruesome selection from Philip Pullman's Grimm Tales, in this acclaimed adaptation by Philip Wilson, re-told and re-worked for the whole family.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2017
Wise Children today announces that Judith Dimant and Poppy Keeling will join Emma Rice to lead the newly formed company. Keeling will take up her role as Executive Producer in the new year, with Dimant joining as Executive Director later in the Spring as the company launch nationwide. Both join Bristol based Wise Children from Complicit .
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016
Award-winning Analogue Theatre will bring its highly acclaimed show STOWAWAY to HOME in Manchester, Today 5 - Saturday 7 May 2016. STOWAWAY tells a powerful story on the highly topical issue of migration in extreme circumstances. 
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2018
Shakespeare's Globe is delighted to announce full casting for Barrie Rutter's The Two Noble Kinsmen, by John Fletcher and William Shakespeare, opening in The Globe today 25 May. This will mark Barrie's first production since stepping down as Artistic Director of Northern Broadsides.
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2018
Prepare to be chilled to the bone when psychological thriller BLOOD RUNS DEEP receives its premiere in Liverpool this autumn.
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2016
Fresh from tours of India and a run in New York, Filter Theatre's 90-minute take on the Bard's joyous comedy TWELFTH NIGHT is a feast for the eyes and ears. This riotous and energetic interpretation was originally commissioned by Michael Boyd, Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company and will run Wed 11 - Sat 14 May 2016 at HOME in Manchester.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2018
Classic Spring has announced that Sally Bretton and Nathaniel Parker will join Edward Fox, Freddie Fox and Frances Barber in Jonathan Church's forthcoming production of An Ideal Husband.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2017
The National Theatre has collaborated with eight UK arts organisations to create a new play inspired by the recent EU Referendum, presented on stage at HOME as part of a UK tour following its current run at the NT's Dorfman Theatre in London.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2017
The Encounter - among the most compelling theatrical experiences ever staged on Broadway and in London - will make its West Coast debut in April at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2016
HOME presents what is sure to be one of the highlights of Manchester's theatrical year, THE ENCOUNTER, Simon McBurney's spell-binding solo performance for Complicite. The production runs tonight 16 - Sat 19 March 2016.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2018
Mercury Theatre Colchester and TBO Productions today announce full casting for the world premiere of their brand-new musical - Pieces of String, with book, music and lyrics by Gus Gowland. Ryan McBryde directs Carol Starks (Jane), Andy Coxon (Ed), Marilyn Cutts (Rose), Ella Dunlop (Gemma), Lauren Hall (Anna), Joel Harper-Jackson (Tom), Craig Mather (Edward) and Gary Wood (Harry). Open auditions were held in Colchester to cast Young Rose, and the part will be alternated by three young people local to the theatre. Pieces of String, designed by 2017 Linbury Prize Finalist Fin Redshaw, opens on 27 April at the Mercury, with previews from 20 April and runs until 5 May.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2016
HOME presents what is sure to be one of the highlights of Manchester's theatrical year, THE ENCOUNTER, Simon McBurney's spell-binding solo performance for Complicite. The production runs Wed 16 - Sat 19 March 2016.
by Marianka Swain - Jun 9, 2016
Exeter Northcott Theatre is delighted to announce its exciting autumn 2016 season. This season the theatre has cut its £2 transaction booking fee. Instead, customers who want their tickets posted will be asked to pay a small charge to cover postage costs. 
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2017
Iconic rock opera Tommy visits the Crucible from Thursday 22 June - Saturday 1 July, featuring two new songs written by legendary lead songwriter of The Who, Pete Townshend.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2017
Iconic rock opera Tommy visits the Crucible from Today 22 June - Saturday 1 July, featuring two new songs written by legendary lead songwriter of The Who, Pete Townshend.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2016
Full cast is today announced for the world premiere of new musical A Pacifist's Guide to the War on Cancer with book by Bryony Kimmings and Brian Lobel, music by Tom Parkinson and lyrics by Bryony Kimmings.  Francesca Mills, Max Runham and Lottie Vallis complete the company and join the previously announced Naana Agyei-Ampadu, Amy Booth-Steel, Hal Fowler, Amanda Hadingue, Akiya Henry, Golda Rosheuvel, Rose Shalloo, Gareth Snook and Gary Wood.
by Marianka Swain - Jun 2, 2016
A casting update is announced today for the world premiere of new musical A Pacifist's Guide to the War on Cancer with book by Bryony Kimmings and Brian Lobel, music by Tom Parkinson and lyrics by Bryony Kimmings. Kimmings directs a cast including Naana Agyei-Ampadu, Amy Booth-Steel, Hal Fowler, Amanda Hadingue, Akiya Henry, Golda Rosheuvel, Rose Shalloo, Gareth Snook and Gary Wood.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2019
The Old Vic today announces casting for Lucy Prebble's new play A Very Expensive Poison, based on the book by Luke Harding and directed by John Crowley. The cast includes Thomas Arnold, Tom Brooke, MyAnna Buring, Callum Coates, Marc Graham, Amanda Hadingue, Yasmine Holness-Dove, Lloyd Hutchinson, Robyn Moore, Peter Polycarpou, Sarah Seggari, Michael Shaeffer, Reece Shearsmith, Gavin Spokes and Bea Svistunenko. A Very Expensive Poison opens at The Old Vic on 5 September with previews from 20 August.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2018
Shakespeare's Globe is delighted to announce the programme for 'Shakespeare and Race', a new festival of events opening 11 August. This is the first time in the Globe's twenty-year history that the topic will be explored in depth over a week. Curated to draw attention to and provide a platform for scholars, practitioners and educators of colour in the teaching, study and performance of Shakespeare, this festival will highlight the importance of race to the consideration of Shakespeare not only in his time, but more urgently, in our own. The festival includes a play American Moor by Keith Hamilton Cobb, a workshop entitled Staging Race and Diversity in the Shakespearean Theatre, The Sam Wanamaker Fellowship Lecture is to be given by Professor Kim F. Hall, a pre-show talk for Emilia with Morgan-Lloyd Malcolm, a panel discussion of actors who have played Othello, and an international symposium featuring Kimberle Crenshaw, Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and UCLA, who coined the term 'intersectionality'. The festival starts and finishes with two theatre productions, Voices in the Dark and Hip-hop Shakespeare Unplugged.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2018
Complicite will stage a reimagined version of A Pacifist's Guide to the War on Cancer, its collaboration with performance artist Bryony Kimmings. Kimmings will lead the company in this reworked production touring the UK before performances in Australia.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2017
Northern Broadsides are set to start off their 25th anniversary year by joining forces with the award-winning New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme, to stage Cyrano, a new adaptation by award-winning playwright Deborah McAndrew (the UK Theatre Award and Manchester Theatre Awards winning An August Bank Holiday Lark) of Edmond Rostand's classic romantic comedy Cyrano de Bergerac. Scroll down for a sneak peek at the cast in rehearsal!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2017
Northern Broadsides are set to start off their 25th anniversary year by joining forces with the award-winning New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme, to stage Cyrano, a new adaptation by award-winning playwright Deborah McAndrew (the UK Theatre Award and Manchester Theatre Awards winning An August Bank Holiday Lark) of Edmond Rostand's classic romantic comedy Cyrano de Bergerac. Scroll down for a sneak peek at the cast in rehearsal!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2017
After playing the Narrator in the original West End production in 1979, Peter Straker returns to the iconic rock opera THE WHO'S TOMMY as the Acid Queen.
by Guest Blog: Kirsty Housley - Feb 2, 2018
It's 2014 and I'm sitting in Toynbee Hall in east London, watching the first sharing of Bryony Kimmings' A Pacifist's Guide to the War on Cancer. A woman walks nervously across the stage and starts to speak. She is not an actor. Her name is Lara Veitch. She is 25 years old.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2017
Shakespeare's Globe is delighted to announce casting for Romeo and Juliet directed by Daniel Kramer, and Twelfth Night directed by Emma Rice.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2018
With Bryony Kimmings' critically acclaimed A Pacifist's Guide to the War on Cancer heading for the Belgrade Theatre 14-17 February, one member of the creative team will be re-treading familiar turf having spent her student days in Coventry.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2018
Complicite will stage a reimagined version of A Pacifist's Guide to the War on Cancer, its collaboration with performance artist Bryony Kimmings. Kimmings will lead the company in this reworked production touring the UK before performances in Australia.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2018
When performance artist Bryony Kimmings was approached by Complicite to create a new show, the invitation came from producer Judith Dimant - who had just received a cancer diagnosis. Never one to shy away from creating art from life, Bryony asked Judith if she wanted to make a production about cancer. What followed was a baptism of fire, and an unexpected journey into the 'Kingdom of the Sick' - following patients, meeting doctors and learning from world experts. What Bryony didn't know is how far into the Kingdom she would fall.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2016
A Pacifist's Guide to the War on Cancer, an all-singing, all-dancing examination of living with a cancer diagnosis, is the first show in HOME's autumn 2016 theatre season, between Tue 20 - Sat 24 September 2016.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2016
Rehearsal images were today released for A Pacifist's Guide to the War on Cancer, a co-production with Complicite Associates. The production is an all-singing, all-dancing examination of life with a cancer diagnosis. This brand new musical confronts the highs and lows of the scariest word we know. With book by Bryony Kimmings and Brian Lobel, music by Tom Parkinson and lyrics by Bryony Kimmings, and directed by Bryony Kimmings, the production receives its London premiere at the Dorfman Theatre on 14 October (press night on 19 October), following its world premiere at HOME Manchester (20-24 September) and a tour to Exeter Northcott Theatre (28 September-2 October).
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2018
Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres Robert Hastie today announces the full cast for the world premiere of Chris Bush's Steel, and his major new revival of William Shakespeare's classic A Midsummer Night's Dream.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2016
Complicite Associates today announce further dates for the world premiere of a new musical A Pacifist's Guide to the War on Cancer with book by Bryony Kimmings and Brian Lobel, music by Tom Parkinson and lyrics by Bryony Kimmings. Presented as a co-production with the National Theatre and in association with HOME Manchester, the production opens at HOME from 20 to 24 September 2016, and then tours to Exeter Northcott from 28 September - 2 October, before completing its run at the National Theatre from 14 October to 29 November.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016
Fresh from tours of India and a run in New York, Filter Theatre's 90-minute take on the Bard's joyous comedy TWELFTH NIGHT is a feast for the eyes and ears. This riotous and energetic interpretation was originally commissioned by Michael Boyd, Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company and will run Wed 11 - Sat 14 May 2016 at HOME in Manchester.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016
Award-winning Analogue Theatre will bring its highly acclaimed show STOWAWAY to HOME in Manchester, Thursday 5 - Saturday 7 May 2016. STOWAWAY tells a powerful story on the highly topical issue of migration in extreme circumstances. 
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2018
Shakespeare's Globe is delighted to announce full casting for Barrie Rutter's The Two Noble Kinsmen, by John Fletcher and William Shakespeare, opening in The Globe on Friday 25 May. This will mark Barrie's first production since stepping down as Artistic Director of Northern Broadsides.