Accidental Death of an Anarchist (West End) London Reviews and Tickets
Clever, Entertaining, Absorbing, Funny, Hilarious
About the Show
Tom Basden's farce about the police investigating a death that occurred on their watch.
The police prepare for an inquiry into the death of an Anarchist who fell to his death from a police station window. The question remains: did he jump or was we pushed?
While digging for answers, the police question an unhinged showman known as The Maniac. 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 and corruption.
BAFTA award winner Daniel Rigby ('Eric & Ernie') and Tony Gardner ('My Parents are Aliens') star in the West End transfer of Tom Basden's farce.
“He [Rigby] doesn’t just take Basden’s script by the throat and deliver its needling round of gags with breathless finesse, he exerts a physicality that dominates every inch of the office interior and beyond.”
“'Accidental Death of an Anarchist' has now arrived in the West End, and there’s hardly a more energised evening in town. Whether that sustained adrenaline will appeal to playgoers or eventually pall is surely a matter of individual taste.”
Accidental Death of an Anarchist has its audience howling for about ninety percent of the running time; sometimes resulting in us missing the next joke because the laughter was so loud. But when it comes to getting it’s point across, it never fails to hit the mark. The Maniac, and the play itself, pulls no punches when discussing the failings of the police, and by extension, the establishment, resulting in a ferociously funny play that will send shivers down spines at Scotland Yard
“Rigby, who has the unparalleled quality of being annoying in the most endearing way, doesn’t just perform Basden’s exquisite script: he blows every single line up, making each one a balloon or a bomb depending how mad he’s feeling.”
“It’s shockingly funny, thanks in no small part to Rigby as the Maniac...in maintaining the Maniac’s belief that life is a game and rules are for suckers, it allows us, for two hours, to laugh at the bleakest of situations.”