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About the show

Adam Kay returns to the West End with stories from the NHS in This is Going to Hurt. Both funny and searing in its exploration of life on the wards, this one-man show has earned universal acclaim and played to packed audiences.

Based on Kay’s 2017 memoir, the show combines comedy, live music and diary excerpts in a funny and often emotional celebration of the doctors, nurses and support staff holding up our health service.

This is Going to Hurt was a sell-out success at Edinburgh Festival in 2016, 2017 and 2018, and has kept audiences gripped on a tour up and down the UK. It was last in London for a limited run at the Vaudeville Theatre in 2019.

Adam Kay is a comedian and former junior doctor who published his memoir, This is Going to Hurt, in 2017. It became a best-selling hit and book club favourite, with a follow-up, Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas, published in 2019.

Striking at the heart of a topic that touches every citizen, This is Going to Hurt at the Garrick Theatre is a welcome return to the West End. Catch it in a limited season from 6 to 11 January 2020.

Who Should See It?

Anyone who missed Adam Kay’s last West End engagement should snap up tickets for This is Going to Hurt. As part of a booming sub-genre of medical non-fiction, its dark humour and sincere humanity offers something for everyone.

Playing at

Garrick Theatre
Charing Cross Road
Seating Plan

Garrick Theatre seating plan

Booking period

6th Jan 2020

1st May 2020

17th May 2020

Running time

1 hour 10 minutes (no interval)


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