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Accidental Death of an Anarchist

by Dario Fo and Franca Rame, adapted by Tom Basden

Directed by Daniel Raggett

Theatre Royal Haymarket, London

August 2023

Tom Andrews, Tony Gardner and Daniel Rigby
in Accidental Death of an Anarchist
Photo by Helen Murray

Dario Fo’s satirical farce Accidental Death of an Anarchist was written in Italy 1970 in response to the unexplained death of a prisoner in police custody in Milan.  Actor and comedian Tom Basden has written an hilarious new adaptation that updates the setting and scandal to modern-day Britain. The production directed by Danniel Raggett started life at Sheffield Theatres, before transferring to the Lyric Hammersmith, and now arrives in the West End. It is running at the Theatre Royal Haymarket until 9th September.

You can listen to our full episode about the play with Tom and Dan here:
065 – Accidental Death of an Anarchist, by Dario Fo.

Jodi and I also review Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman at the Duke of York’s Theatre in this same episode, which as it happens is also set in a police station, but is a very different story.

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