The Grand Gesture

Fri 5th – Sat 13th Jun 2015


“A new reworking of Nikolai Erdman’s classic comic masterpiece The Suicide from the graduating students at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.”





Bristol Old Vic Theatre School


Directed by Gwenda Hughes

Unemployed Simeon Duff lives with wife Mary and mother-in-law Sadie in a dingy boarding house. Depressed and humiliated by having to rely on his wife’s wages to scrape by, Simeon announces that he is going to kill himself.

Fearing the worst, Mary seeks help from their grubby Rigsby-esque landlord who tries to convince Simeon that life is beautiful and worth clinging on to. Word spreads among the locals about what Simeon is planning to do; the vultures begin to circle.

One by one, a string of grotesque characters, who would not be out of place in The League of Gentlemen, visit Simeon in the hope of turning his suicide into a grand and noble gesture that will further their own particular cause.

THE GRAND GESTURE is a reworking of Nikolai Erdman’s classic comic masterpiece THE SUICIDE.

“McAndrew’s script switches between laugh out-loud humour, poignancy and shrewd social commentary with deft skill."

Premiered by Northern Broadsides in 2013, The Grand Gesture toured nationally to great critical acclaim.

Thu 4 - Sat 13 June

Tobacco Factory Theatre

Eves 7.30pm; Sat & Thu mats 2.30pm (no mat Thu 4)


Admission: £15(£10)

The Tobacco Factory

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