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This new version of 20th century masterpiece Kasimir and Karoline is an extraordinarily savage and extraordinarily human exploration of the lives of the working-class people of Manchester at the height of the recession, adapted for us by Olivier-Award winning writer Simon Stephens (who also adapted The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time for the National Theatre). The original was written in the late 1920s, at a time of massive social unrest, when the economy was on everyone’s mind and politicians were fighting for power… timely themes for today too!
The story of Cash and Caroline, young lovers on the verge of a major breakup, The Funfair is a funny, twisting emotional rollercoaster ride through the loops, dips and highs of one night at the fairground.
Featuring a live band playing a soundtrack of iconic tracks, from Eddie Cochran to Iggy Pop, and a brilliant ensemble cast including Ben Batt (Shameless, Scott & Bailey) and Katie Moore (Misfits, The Paradise), The Funfair is directed by our Artistic Director of Theatre, Walter Meierjohann, and designed by Ti Green, who brought our beautiful, award-winning production of Romeo & Juliet to life at Victoria Baths last year.
Directed by Walter Meierjohann
Simon Stephens' new version of Kasimir and Karoline by Ödön von Horváth
"Dirty, raucous, and aglitter with tawdry seduction" – The Times - 5 Stars
"True, disturbing and wide-reaching… it is acted with panache" – The Observer - 4 Stars
"As a play it has it all… Ben Batt is outstanding as Cash... I thoroughly recommend it to anyone who loves the theatre" – The Good Review 5 Stars