About the Play

Peter Nichols’ funny and moving masterpiece, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, is the extraordinary play inspired by the author’s own experience of raising his daughter. A story about family, it shines a light on her parents’ caring for their disabled daughter, affectionately nicknamed “Joe Egg”, and how they live using wild wry humour to keep the family together.

This new production brings together some of Britain’s greatest actors including Toby Stephens (Oslo, Lost in Space), Claire Skinner (Outnumbered) as husband and wife, Bri and Sheila, who star alongside Olivier Award winner Patricia Hodge (Miranda, National Theatre’s Money) as Bri’s mother, all making their long-awaited returns to the West End in this new production from leading director Simon Evans (Killer Joe, Arturo Ui).

Hilarious and heartbreaking, this vitally important story will pierce your heart one moment, and fill it with warmth the next. With its courageous humour and astonishing honesty, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg is the must see play of the autumn.

Peter Nichols: A Celebration

The British Library and Trafalgar Theatre Productions presents Peter Nichols: A Celebration.

In collaboration with the British Library and the critically-acclaimed production of A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Trafalgar Studios is very excited to be presenting a celebration of Peter Nichols’ works in this special event on Wednesday 27th November.

Directed by his grandson, George Nichols, and starring Roger Allam with more guests yet to be announced, we will take a look at Peter Nichols’ vast literary contribution with excerpts from his much loved television and stage plays including Promenade, The National Health, Forget-Me-Not-Lane and Poppy, as well as passages from his personal diaries and rare unproduced plays, kindly provided by the British Library.

All tickets are priced at £5 and are available to purchase from ATG Tickets on Tuesday 12th November at 10am.

Peter Nichols

Peter Nichols

With thanks to the British Library Collections Trust for supporting this event. The full Archive and Oral History of Peter Nichols is accessible at the British Library for the public to view.

Peter Richard Nichols CBE, playwright, born 31 July 1927; died 7 September 2019, aged 92.

The British Library and Trafalgar Theatre Productions presents
Peter Nichols: A Celebration
Wednesday 27th November at 3pm
Trafalgar Studios 1

Box Office: 0844 871 7632

Roger Allam

Roger Allam



'Pin-sharp. Heartbreaking and funny'

Evening Standard

'Heartbreaking. Funny. Full of bravery'

The Upcoming


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Set & Costume Designer

Peter McKintosh

Lighting Designer

Prema Mehta

Sound Designer & Composer

Edward Lewis