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Withnail and I' artwork. The words 'Withnail and I' are scrawled in capitals with a blotchy dark brown fountain pen onto a white piece of paper. The paper is stained with both dried and wet red wine. There is a cork on the paper which says 'By Bruce Robinson. Directed by Sean Foley'. To the left of the title is the handwritten 'we've gone on holiday by mistake'.

Withnail and I

We want the finest wines available to humanity. We want them here and we want them now!” – Withnail

Birmingham Rep presents the world premiere stage adaptation of iconic comedy Withnail and I.

Regarded as one of the finest British films ever made, this Rep Original comedy is written by its original creator, the legendary Bruce Robinson, and directed by The Rep’s Artistic Director, double Olivier award-winner, Sean Foley.

London, September 1969, the sixties are in full swing, rock ’n’ roll has electrified a generation, and bohemianism rules.

But, away from the bright lights two young unemployed actors, the flamboyant, boozy Withnail, and the shy, contemplative Marwood live in utter squalor in a flat in Camden Town, praying for a job.

What happened to my agent? B**tard must have died!”

Their only visitor is their drug dealer, Danny; their only expeditions are to the local pubs; and their only friends each other.

Needing a break from the positively atrocious state of their acting careers, they hit upon the idea of a holiday in the country, and borrow the cottage owned by Withnail’s wealthy Uncle Monty. Will escaping London reinvigorate their addled brains and kick start their professional fortunes?…

We’ve gone on holiday – by mistake…”

Hilarious, tragic, and wild, Withnail and I, is a comedy like no other. This first ever stage adaptation brings to life the classic dialogue, the insane situations, and above all the boozy, irresistibly hilarious relationship of one of the most famous slacker duos ever created.

In association with

Ambassador Theatre Group

Written by

Bruce Robinson

Directed by

Sean Foley

Designed by

Alice Power


From £19.50

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Content Advice

Please note, this production contains strong language and scenes of drug and alcohol use.

Access Performances

Audio Described: Sat 25 May 2.30pm (described by Carolyn Smith)

A Free Touch Tour is available to book before the Audio Described performance. 

BSL Interpreted: Tue 14 May 7.30pm (interpreted by Karen Ward-Welsh)

Captioned: Tue 21 May 7.30pm (captioned by Cara Lawless)

Relaxed: Mon 20 May 7.30pm

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