15 September - 13 October

The Print Room presents


By Will Eno

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**** "Chews on big ideas and toys with us mischievously… Inspiring" TIME OUT CRITICS CHOICE

***** "A perfect rendition... John Light's performance is stunning... You should see this show" Spoonfed

***** "One of the most mesmerising experiences currently available to theatregoers" The Public Reviews

"One of those treasured nights in the theater - treasured nights anywhere, for that matter" New York Times


Production Photographer: Hugo Glendinning

We open our Autumn season with the first major London revival of this Pulitzer-prize nominated play.

   "It's sad, isn't it? The dead horse of a life we beat, all the wilder, all the harder the deader it gets. On the other hand, there are some nice shops in the area."

Thom Pain has come to a certain point in his life. Maybe you have too.

His entire existence is ordinary; but his ordinariness is a revelation and a wonder and a curiosity. To him at least. He'd better hope so. It's all he has.

(Except maybe a dictionary and an old love letter.)

Comic and disturbing, this provocative monologue charts one man's anguished journey from shattered childhood dreams to the tenuous optimism of adulthood, told in dangerous intimacy by a voice loaded with wry humour and deceptive charm.

A surreal but touching exploration of death, rejection, love and fear, where Thom Pain questions as much as he reveals, yet affirms life's worth through a realization of its unpredictable splendours amid its predictable mediocrities.

Ecstatically happy people should stay at home.

Receiving the highest acclaim in both London and America, where the Telegraph declared "it's hard to imagine more dazzling writing on any stage" and the New York Times dubbed Will Eno "a Samuel Beckett for the Jon Stewart generation", Thom Pain (Based on Nothing) was first performed in 2004 at the Soho Theatre before transferring to Broadway where it was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Starring John Light as Thom Pain

Directed by Simon Evans

Designed by Ben Stones

Lighting Design by Tim Mascall

Sound Design by Ed Lewis

15 September - 13 October 2012

Mon - Sat 7.30pm, Sat Matinee 3.30pm

TICKETS: £20 / £15 conc

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Or call us directly on 020 7221 6036.

24hr ticketweb: 08444 77 1000

Running time: 60 mins.



£10 tickets: Monday evenings, and Saturday Matinees - there is a limited allocation of discounted £10 tickets. These must be booked in advance directly through the theatre box office on 020 7221 6036. First come, first served! Once they're gone - they're gone!

Tuesday Pre-Show Talks -  7pm, every Tuesday - free to ticket holders (18th & 25th Sept, 2 Oct [not 9th Oct]). Dr Cynthia Lawford will give a fascinating insight into the work of Will Eno and the world of the Thom Pain.  

Tuesday 18 September - Neighbours Night / Friends evening - Join us for a special post-show party with the Artistic Director and company. Only open to local residents and Friends of The Print Room. Tickets: £25

Thursday 20 September - Press Night - Limited availability. Performance starts at 7.30pm, as usual.

Wed 3, Thur 4, Fri 5 October - 9pm, Late night Lecture: A Lecture on Misdirection. With Director Simon Evans. Tickets: £15.

Wed 10 October - Le Cafe Anglais Special Performance and Dinner - Join us for THOM PAIN followed by an exclusive dinner hosted by John Light and Director Simon Evans at the prestigious private dining rooms of Rowley Leigh's restaurant Le Cafe Anglais. Tickets £70 - includes a ticket to the performance, pre-show drinks with the Artistic Director and post-show dinner at Cafe Anglais (with wine and service).   More information here