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12 - 23 SEP


The Ugly One



Marius von Mayenburg (translated by Maja Zade)


Natalie Simone

production team

Profoundly moving, bitingly brutal and laugh-out-loud funny!’ – Sally Cookson 

The Ugly One is a cautionary tale of identity and beauty vibrating with the energy of a pneumatic drill.

Lette is an inventor and is on the cusp of delivering a major presentation that will change his career, but at the last minute he’s told he can’t go as there is something terribly ‘wrong’ with his face. In fact, he is so unspeakably ugly, that no one has ever thought to mention it.

In desperation, Lette turns to a surgeon who offers him a drastic yet miraculous transformation. The result of Lette’s operation pivots him into new spheres of fame and glory. 

But is it possible to become too beautiful? 

Shockingly absurd. Weirdly naughty. And explosively expressive. 

The Ugly One is 70 minutes of unapologetic hilarity as we watch one man’s descent into darkness. 

‘This production is a rollercoaster of a theatre experience.’ ★★★★
– LifeStyle

‘There follows some delightfully witty direction here from Natalie Simone who turns the cast into preening, pouting sexy things’ ★★★★
– StageTalk

‘The satire, feels like a modern day cautionary fairy tale for right now. It is a thought-provoking piece of work from an expert team of cast and creatives’ ★★★★
– Backstage Bristol

‘A scathing takedown of the age of beauty given a confident staging in Natalie Simone’s production’ ★★★★
– Kris Hallett

‘The Ugly One is the kind of show you don’t get to see often these days. It is more naughty, weird and with more joie de vivre. Visually, thematically, and intellectually, the show celebrates theatre as an act of play.’
– Tom Brennan, The Wardrobe Ensemble

‘Natalie Simone’s razor sharp production grabs the audience by the throat and doesn’t loosen its grip until well after the performance has finished’
– Sally Cookson

Latecomers may not be admitted. Please arrive in good time for the start time of 19:45.
Under 18s are not permitted into the theatre for this performance. 
No re-admittance once the performance has commenced. Refunds and exchanges are not available.


Christopher Williams

Chris has recently graduated from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He has also trained with the National Youth Theatre Rep Company, SITI Company & the Suzuki Company of Toga. Theatre credits include: Small Island (National Theatre), To Kill a Mockingbird (Lyric Hammersmith Studio), Macbeth (Garrick Theatre), Victoria's Knickers and Consensual (Soho Theatre). In Bristol he has performed at the Bristol Old Vic, Tobacco Factory and Wardrobe Theatre.


Kate Cartwright

Kate Cartwright studied at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. She has worked with the Television Workshop, the Lowry Young Actors and as a comedy writer has had her work performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Her theatre credits include Emilia directed by Sally Cookson (Circomedia) and Radium Girls directed by Nel Crouch (Bristol Old Vic).


Sumāh Ebelé

Sumāh is an actor and writer from East London graduating from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School this year. Her credits include Emilia (Circomedia), Bird n Dem (Pentabus Theatre) and Radium Girls (Bristol Old Vic). As a writer she has taken part in the Royal Court introduction to Playwriting group and has had two musicals (Nightshade & A direct message) performed at the Hackney Empire.


Kerr Louden

Kerr is a Scottish actor recently graduating from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. After studying musical theatre at the Dance School of Scotland, Kerr decided to escape to Bristol to focus his efforts on becoming a serious actor playing such roles as the flamboyant King John in Robin Hood and Marian (Redgrave Theatre), the springy Little Georgy in Vanity Fair and a variety of stereotypical Scottish MPs in This House by James Graham (Tobacco Factory).


Marius von Mayenburg (translated by Maja Zade)


Natalie Simone

stage manager

Jacob Clear

deputy stage manager

Ell East

set designer

Vyshnavi Krishnan

lighting designer

Alice Boal

sound designer

Alex Harrison

costume designer

Olivia Morell

movement director

Joêl Daniel

production photographer

Craig Fuller

Voice Coach

Katie Meekison

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