• By Anders Lustgarten
  • Tue 30 June – Sat 25 July, 7.15pm Sat matinees 3pm
  • £20 (£15)
The sell-out show from the UK’s most exciting political writer returns to Soho Theatre for a limited 4 week run.

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For this important, and exceptionally current play about the human stories behind the headlines returns, Soho Theatre has partnered with Guardian Live in a series of workshops, panel discussions and digital events.

‘His best yet… brave, bold and moving.’
★★★★ Guardian

The paradisal island of Lampedusa. Where North Africa meets Rome. Home of postcard vistas, white sand beaches, and the site of the most devastating debris washing up on the shore.

Stefano follows in the footsteps of generations of fishermen. But in the twenty-first century the catch is very different: his job is to pull drowned bodies of migrants out of the Mediterranean. And in the bleakest corners of the UK, Denise tramps from door to door collecting pay day loans, witnessing crippling hardship and hearing complaints about immigration.

Putting us in the shoes of those whose job it is to enforce our rules, this is the story behind the headlines of two strangers finding hope and connection where they least expect it.

Lampedusa is by award-winning playwright Anders Lustgarten (If You Don’t Let Us Dream, We Won’t Let You Sleep, A Day at the Racists, Black Jesus) and directed by Steven Atkinson, Artistic Director of HighTide (peddling, Bottleneck, Lidless).

Read an Introduction to the play from Anders Lustgarten

Find Out About the island of Lampedusa

Commissioned as part of Soho Theatre’s Political Party Season, this is a play which will change the way you view the world. Lampedusa transfers to HighTide Festival, Aldeburgh from 10th – 20th September.

Running Time: 70min
Age Recommendation: 14+
Please note: Due to the unique construction of this production in the venue, some of the seating for Lampedusa will be formed of backless benches.

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‘His best yet… brave, bold and moving.’
★★★★ Guardian

‘Powerfully affective.’
★★★★ Independent

★★★★ Financial Times

★★★★ Times

‘A powerful plea for empathy.’
★★★★ Stage

‘It’s activism starting with self.’
★★★★ Exeunt

‘As well as an effective theatrical production, Lampedusa is a bold proclamation against the apathy surrounding immigration issues.’
★★★★ Upcoming

Louise Mai Newberry , Ferdy Roberts , Anders Lustgarten , Steven Atkinson , Lucy Osborne, Elliot Griggs, Isobel Waller-Bridge, Rosy Banham