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Old Red Lion Theatre

418 St John Street

EC1V 4NJ  


















It’s America in the 1960s and Harold Ryan, the famous war-hero, has been missing for eight years. Presumed dead, he returns in secret to discover his house is not exactly as he left it. His hunting trophies still adorn the walls, but there is an inexplicable birthday cake on the table. Worse yet, his son has grown into a sissy and his wife is engaged to a hippy.

In this exciting revival of the only play by the late, great author Kurt Vonnegut, a time-warped version of Odysseus’ return, expect the unexpected, with animalistic doorbells, vacuums and a host of heavenly visitors.

Harold Ryan  Vincent Jerome
Penelope Ryan  Alix Dunmore
Looseleaf Marcus Powell
Shuttle Emma-Jane Martin
Woodly  Katy Slater
Paul  Fiona Drummond

Director  Ant Stones
Assistant Director Rachel Illingworth
Designer  Megg Witts
Assistant Designer  Sam Strong
Lightening Designer  Christopher Nairne
Sound Designer Patrick Gleeson
Producer Gemma Lloyd
Production Manager  Kim Myers
Stage Manager  Rachel Condon



Tuesday 30th October to Saturday 1st December 2012

Tuesday to Saturday at 7:30pm

Matinees on Sundays at 3:00pm

Running Time: 2 hrs


Tickets £15.00 (£12.00 Conc.)

£7.00 Sundays and Pay What You Can Thursdays Apply


Click here to book online or Call the box office on 0844 412 4307

Please note that booking fees apply.


Captioned Performance on Friday 23rd November


There is also a writers response opportunity- click here for more details.


Captioned performance


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"There is much to enjoy here in what is the first revival that the play has had since 1977 at the Bush, so this may really be the chance of a lifetime if you are interested in Vonnegut, or indeed American plays of that period which are so seldom performed in Britain."

The Lady

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“With brilliant performances all round, Happy Birthday Wanda June expertly captures both the comedy and the darkness of a play that bristles with relevance even today"

Whats On Stage

“Watching Kurt Vonnegut’s only published play, two thoughts kept occurring - why did he not write more of them and why is this so rarely performed?”

The Stage


“The cross-gender casting of this rare revival instils a cartoonish vigour into Ant Stones' production. The effect is something like 'A Doll's House' after botched hormonal therapy and a fistful of valium.” 

Time Out





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