By Rose Heiney.
Directed by Hannah Joss

Set and costume design by Louie Whitemore
Music and sound design by Alexandra Faye Braithwaite

We all have our comfort blankets and coping mechanisms. And if yours happens to be wearing a full-sized rabbit onesie (with ears), what’s the problem? You’re not bothering anyone. At least, not until you’re photographed at the back of a child’s funeral. Dressed as a rabbit. And the photo goes viral.


Kimberley Nixon is a BAFTA Award-winning actress, best known for her role in Channel 4’s Fresh Meat, Ordinary Lies and Cranford for the BBC and Critical on Sky One.  Feature films include Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, Wild Child, East Virtue, Offender and Cherrybomb. Theatre credits include the eponymous role in Girl With A Pearl Earring at the Theatre Royal Haymarket and numerous plays for Radio 4.

★★★★★ “Original Death Rabbit is an uncomfortable, hilarious, essential play for our times.” Public Reviews
★★★★★ “Kimberley Nixon’s masterclass of a performance” The Spy in the Stalls
★★★★★ “A rare treat” The Londonist
★★★★★ “Nixon’s tour-de-force” Breaking the Fourth Wall
★★★★ “Original Death Rabbit is incisive and very funny” British Theatre
★★★★ “It’s a really great performance by Nixon” The Stage
★★★★ “morally aware content and superb acting” Broadway World
★★★★ “deeply dark, exceedingly clever and incredibly funny.” A Younger Theatre
★★★★ “It’s a fine, cuttingly topical play which showcases an outstanding performance” Sardines Magazine
★★★★ “a darkly funny and moving tale of public shaming” Culture

Rose Heiney’s painfully funny play, now rewritten for the stage, was originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Hilarious, outrageous and poignant, Original Death Rabbit shines a light on one woman’s struggle with the dark side of the internet.

Rose Heiney is a screenwriter, playwright and novelist. Her first play, Elephants, sold out at Hampstead Theatre. Television writing includes Miranda and Fresh Meat. Her first novel, The Days of Judy B, was nominated for The Times/South Bank Show Breakthrough Award. She is currently writing a film for Working Title and Studio Canal.

Hannah Joss was previously Baylis Assistant Director at the Old Vic Theatre and is currently a Resident Director at the Almeida Theatre.


Running time: Around 90 minutes. (no interval)

Show Times

Monday – Friday 7.30pm Saturday 3.30pm & 7.30pm


Tickets £30
Under 30? 100 tickets at £10 are available for under-30s.
Concessions Available to over-60s, theatre unions, unwaged, access, students. £20
Please note that after Saturday 26 January all tickets are full price – Except the £10 under-30s tickets.
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