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By Jon Bradfield from a story by Jon Bradfield and Josh Hepple

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Directed by Bronagh Lagan




It's human nature

ANIMAL is the unmissable laugh-out-loud comedy about dating, friendship and being loved for who you truly are.

David is gay, disabled and looking for love. He can’t eat, drink or shower by himself and has never even been kissed – let alone the rest.

As he sets off on a sexual and romantic adventure, armed with a fierce brain and impressive nudes (that he has to get someone else to take), can he manage the thrill and uncertainty of dating after a lifetime of knock-backs?


“Magnificent… a fantastic play” Simon Callow

★★★★ “Unforgettable. What a joy to discover a play that is so bold, so outspoken and so thoroughly unpredictable. It deserves to be seen on a bigger stage as soon as possible” The Times

★★★★ “A wildy entertaining comedy. I urge you to go and check out this punchy play” Time Out

★★★★★ “One of the boldest and most brilliant plays we've seen in a long time. It's absolutely hilarious” Gay Times

★★★★★ “Insightful, joyful, intimate and beautifully performed” Islington Gazette

★★★★★ “The opening of ANIMAL is among the funniest I've seen on stage" Ham & High

★★★★★ “A funny and fresh production stuffed to the brim with talent, heart and laugh-out-loud moments. A ticket for this gem guarantees a thoroughly enjoyable evening” The Reviews Hub

★★★★★ “An exceptional piece of theatre that is searingly insightful, soulfully intimate and utterly hilarious. Absolutely not to be missed” The Upcoming

★★★★★ “Warm, witty and wonderful, ANIMAL is a show that will penetrate your heart and make you explode with joy and love” All That Dazzles 

★★★★★ “Unmissable. ANIMAL is an exceptional piece of work that hits all the right spots” Everything Theatre

★★★★★ “Park Theatre should be applauded for showcasing it” Plays to See

★★★★★ “A terrific script, a flawless cast led by an unforgettable lead performance by Christopher John-Slater, all act as a reminder of the power of theatre to tell stories that should be told” The Recs

★★★★★ “Genius. It deserves to be seen by everyone” Theatre Reviews

★★★★★ “Believe the hype! A joy” Fairy Powered Productions

★★★★★ “Unmissable entertainment” My Theatre Mates

★★★★★ “Funny, sad, illuminating and beautifully performed” Reviewsgate

★★★★ “Excellent. A great play matched by an exquisite production” Broadway World

★★★★ “A big-hearted, funny and informed piece of theatre. A sheer delight” London Box Office

★★★★★ “A fantastic play” Ancoats Plus

★★★★ “A hilarious, laugh out loud comedy” North West End

★★★★ “Bold, brave and brilliant, ANIMAL is a truly vital piece of theatre, driven by an exceptional cast performance” Frankly My Dear

★★★★ “Eye-opening, heart-wrenching, hilarious and educational” Manchester Theatres


Everyone is welcome at any performance of ANIMAL
It will be an environment in which people can freely express themselves and experience the show according to their needs.

We will be monitoring sensory triggers closely and we will update this webpage as soon as any sensory triggers have been confirmed by the show’s creative team.  

We have created additional wheelchair spaces at each performance, and we will announce dates for specific relaxed or semi-relaxed performances soon.

If you require further information about access, including how to become and access member, please contact the Box Office on 020 780 6876 or at [email protected]








Supported by the London Community Foundation


Artwork: Doug Kerr