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  • LOST Theatre 208 Wandsworth Road London, England, SW8 2JU United Kingdom (map)

NOV 23 - NOV 26

Wednesday - Saturday, 7:30pm, 150 mins (incl. a 15 min interval)



Ella Hickson’s critically acclaimed dark comedy about suicide, Boys, comes to the LOST Theatre, Stockwell, this November. This new revival is directed by James Thacker, new associate director, following his full-length directorial debut, Mojo by Jez Butterworth, at LOST in 2015.

On an unusually hot summer’s night, Benny and his band of compatriots – a punk, a prodigy and a poet – drink to the end of an era. With revolution and resolutions the order of the day, and time quickly running out, Benny just wants to fix everyone’s problems – and ignore his own demons at all costs. Amidst a sanitation strike in Edinburgh, the garbage keeps mounting, but there is more than the smell of rotting rubbish hanging in the air. Nostalgia soon turns to soul-searching and division as everyone’s dirty laundry is aired one last time.

Ella Hickson’s first play, Eight, produced by the Edinburgh University Theatre Company, won a Fringe First, the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award and the NSDF Emerging Artists Award at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2008, with subsequent tours to New York and London. Boys debuted in 2010 at the Soho Theatre, produced by Headlong. Her current play Oil premiered at Almeida in October 2016.

James Thacker joined LOST in 2013 as a designer and costumier, and since then has progressed to become associate director with the company. His directing credits include Omar for the 5 Minute Festival, Harold Pinter’s The Dumbwaiter for the One Act Festival, and Jez Butterworth’s Mojo in his full length directorial debut in 2015.


“(James Thacker) addresses the script with ingenuity and common sense” Paul Vale in The Stage on The Dumbwaiter (2014)

★★★★ “Savage and beautifully detailed (…) a work of colourful chaos” What’s On Stage

★★★★ “Fearless emotional immediacy and tight comic timing” Time Out

“an erratic, enigmatic, gripping guessing game” Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster Weekly on Mojo (2015)


Earlier Event: November 22
The Dowager's Oyster
Later Event: November 27
Happiness is a Cup of Tea