the war has not yet started

Produced by

Theatre Royal Plymouth

Written by

Mikhail Durnenkov


You think your life is normal, but things are not always what they seem…

Colleagues attending a conference get drunk and misbehave.

The news from the front is terrifying. The atrocities are awful.

A man waiting in the clinic claims to have had an absurdity implant.

She hides her diary – her partner finds it!

A man is desperate. He’s desperately trying to give up smoking.

Why are you afraid of a global war when you haven’t even fought your own yet?

Things happen – but no one can see the connections in The War Has Not Yet Started, Mikhail Durnenkov’s funny, eye-opening and often surreal dark comedy about everyday people fighting everyday wars.

Mikhail Durnenkov is a major stage, screen and television talent based in Moscow. His play, The Drunks, written with his brother, was produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2009.

Recommended for everyone aged 14+


Writer - Mikhail Durnenkov
Translation - Noah Birksted-Breen
Director - Michael Fentiman
Set & Costume Designer - James Cotterill
Lighting Designer - Tim Lutkin
Sound Designer - Nun Rocha Santos
Casting Director - Stephen Moore
Assistant Director - Chloe Mashiter

David Birrell, Tamzin Griffin, Joshua James


Theatre Royal Plymouth
Thursday 12th - Saturday 28th May 2016


To be announced.

Creative Team

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