“If ever a play was destined for success, Elling is it”
“Works like a dream”
“The most blissfully funny and touching evening I've had in the theatre in ages”
“Moving and very, very funny. Thoroughly life-affirming”
MUSIC & SOUND
Jack C Arnold
Mummy's boy Elling and his roommate, the uncouth reluctant virgin Kjell Bjarne are the Odd Couple of Oslo: a pair of confused souls taking their first steps in the outside world after years of an isolated and institutional life.
Now given a flat in the city by social services, their mission is to re-assimilate themselves into society - it's either that or a return to the asylum. All they have to do is convince their social worker that they really are 'normal', even if it does feel safer sleeping in a wardrobe...
Elling is based on the novel by Ingvar Ambjørnsen and the original stage adaptation by Axel Hellstenius in collaboration with Petter Næss. Elling opened in London at the Bush Theatre in a new version by Simon Bent. The production transferred to the West End following an extended run at the Bush.
The cast features John Simm as Elling and Adrian Bower as Kjell Bjarne with Jonathan Cecil as Alfrons, Keir Charles as Frank Asli/Poet/Waiter and Ingrid Lacey as Reidun/Gunn/Johanne/Poet. They all reprise their roles from the original critically acclaimed Bush Theatre production.