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Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036

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Ended 1 Jul 2017 after 35 days

The audience at Mr. Ludlam's omnibus reply to Double Indemnity and The Postman Always Rings Twice and Little Shop of Horrors, is likely to die laughing.

The New York Times

Closed 1 Jul 2017

Charles Ludnam's hilarious black comedy

Charles Ludlam's suspense-filled comedy drama brings a whole new meaning to sleeping with the fishes. Set in a run-down pet store, we follow the exploits of a dysfunctional family headed by Chester Nurdiger. Living in the back with his bored wife and critical mother, every day is one of drudgery. However one day, a mysterious drifter called Zachary Slade arrives in the store, and sparks fly between him and Chester's wife. Oblivious to this, Chester offers him a job out kindness. However he hasn't bargained on them plotting his murder - at the hands of the store's piranha fish!

Combining sexual tension, belly laughs and razor-sharp horror, Ludlam's play was critically acclaimed when it premiered in 1986. Last seen in Los Angeles in 2011, its black humor has continued to capture audiences both new and previous fans, remaining as fresh as ever.

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Previews from: 27 May 2017

Opening night: 8 June 2017

Closing night: 1 July 2017


Suitable for ages 14+ due to mature themes

Run time

Two hours, including one intermission

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