Razor-sharp comedy takes a stab at celebrity culture

PUBLISHED: 16:09 02 July 2014

Samantha Spiro, Nicholas Burns and Matthew Kelly

Samantha Spiro, Nicholas Burns and Matthew Kelly


ALAN Bennett's hugely entertaining insight into society's obsession with celebrity culture, Kafka's Dick, is coming to the South West.

The witty drama by the award-winning playwright tells the tale of a middle-class insurance man Sydney and his wife Linda.

They lead perfectly ordinary lives in 1980s suburban Leeds when the esteemed, and long-dead, author Franz Kafka suddenly pitches up.

With the great writer is his, also long-dead, friend Max Brod – the man who ignored Kafka’s dying wish to burn all his work and, as a result, made him one of the best-known writers of the 20th century.

Things get even stranger when 
Kafka’s father, Hermann, arrives – and threatens to reveal some very personal details about his son, 
details that Kafka would prefer kept private.

The fantastical and brilliantly intelligent script is clever, fast-paced and incredibly droll – the perfect combination for contemplating the nature of salacious gossip.

Olivier award winners Matthew Kelly and Samantha Spiro star alongside Nicholas Burns, Daniel Weyman, Elliot Levey and Barry McCarthy in this adaptation.

The show will run at the Theatre Royal Bath from Wednesday to July 26 with evening and matinee performances.

Tickets, priced £17.50-33.50, are available from the box office 01225 448844 www.theatreroyal.org.uk

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