Chris Goode's new adaptation of Gogol's classic story


A Theatre Royal Plymouth Production


Thursday 20 March - Saturday 5 April 2014 Download Calendar

The Drum


He’s just a lowly bureaucrat. A pen-pusher. He knows the boss’s daughter is way out of his league, and he knows his deepest desires are truly unspeakable. That’s just the way it has to be… until, that is, he starts to overhear the local dogs talking to each other. Suddenly he realises that all the certainties that have kept him in his place are starting to unravel, betraying a series of previously unsuspected truths that will lead him ultimately to a profound and astonishing revelation about his own existence…

Delightful, funny and bleakly beautiful; Chris Goode’s new adaptation of Gogol’s Diary of a Madman is a playful and relentlessly gripping journey into a world spiralling out of control. Lead by Lucy Ellinson (nominated for Best Actress at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards for her performance in Grounded at The Gate Theatre) MAD MAN retains all of the original story’s timeless capacity to startle, confound, disturb and delight.

See Chris Goode talk about the original story, his adaptation, his inspiration for the piece and his reasons for casting Lucy Ellinson as the lead (typically male) role.

Produced by Theatre Royal Plymouth, MAD MAN follows the recent success of Solid Air, Forever House and Fight Night. The project further augments our longstanding relationship with prolific theatre-maker Chris Goode, whose previous productions in Plymouth include King Pelican, Monkey Bars (winner of a Scotsman Fringe First) and Keep Breathing.

MAD MAN Cast and Creative Biographies >

Recommended for everyone aged 16+

Post Show Q&A: Tue 25 Mar & Tue 01 Apr

Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Schools Workshop

MAD MAN Page to Stage
Thursday 27th March 2014, 4pm – 5.30pm in The Drum, £3 per person.

Pricing & Concessions

Full price:

All concessions:

Friday Fiver for U26s:
£5.70 tickets (bookable on day of performance only)

Please note: Prices include a 70p per ticket booking fee.


Cartoonish and careering, this play constantly bursts its frame with dance sequences, while Lucy Ellinson’s Pushpin is extraordinary


Fast, fun and thrillingly original.


Ellinson is outstanding in the role; her performance had the audience experiencing every kind of emotion, from roaring laughter to genuine fear.

Ellinson’s engaging voiceovers and wry commentary, tremendous timing and facial expression draws us into a mundane world turning on its head and slowly disintegrating


The production explodes with dramatic surprise

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