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The Last Days of Mankind

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By Karl Kraus
Adapted and directed by John Retallack & Toby Hulse
A Bristol Old Vic & Bristol Old Vic Theatre School co-production

on 18, 19 & 20 (matinee) Jun


There's been no story in Austria for over a century.
To be honest, we could do with a war.

The English premiere of Kraus' powerfully comic satire The Last Days of Mankind, the "submerged masterpiece" of 20th century theatre, is a co-production between the graduating acting and technical students of Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and a creative team from Bristol Old Vic, led by Associate Director John Retallack and theatre-maker Toby Hulse.

Written in Vienna during the years of the First World War, the original play, over 800 pages long and requiring a cast of 500 in its unedited form, is an extraordinary collage of overheard conversations, incomplete fragments from newspaper columns, quoted speeches and stolen letters, all threaded through with Kraus' furious, biting comic vision.

This brand new version of Kraus' apocalyptic satire is terrifying, damning and caustically funny - as much a warning to our future as a condemnation of our past.

Approx running time: 2hrs (plus interval).

Kraus's cartoonish style is perfectly suited to the farce of conflict, festooning us with glittering, withering lines... one of the most influential writers of the century"

The Guardian on The Last Days of Mankind

Powerful, challenging, modern... typically high quality."

Venue magazine on Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

The Last Days of Mankind
18-29 Jun
7.30pm, 2.30pm
(matinees on Thu 20, Thu 27 & Sat 29)
BSL signed peformance: 28 June, 7.30pm
Audio described performance
: 29 Jun at 2.30pm
£10 previews
: 18, 19, 20 (matinee) Jun
Groups of 10+: £2 off top three ticket prices
Schools: £2 off top three ticket prices

Photography by Graham Burke
Trailer: AD - Mim Donohugue; Camera - Bii Chau; Sound - Edward Street, Keegan Curran; Editor - Ollie Micklem; with thanks to Richard Maxwell and The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

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