A Complicite Associates co-production with the National Theatre in association with HOME Manchester

A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer

Wed – Fri Evenings 7.30pm
Sun Matinee 2pm

Book by Bryony Kimmings & Brian Lobel
Music by Tom Parkinson, Lyrics by Bryony Kimmings

Directed by Bryony Kimmings 

A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer is an all-singing, all-dancing examination of life with a cancer diagnosis.  This brand new musical takes you on a whistle-stop tour through five unconventional stories about cancer, confronting the highs and lows of the scariest word we know.

Bryony Kimmings creates fearless theatre to provoke social change.  Her latest collaboration with Complicite will look behind the poster campaigns and pink ribbons at the reality of cancer: the waiting rooms and chemo suites, the changed bodies, the family pressures and financial worries.

Expect big anthems, shiny costumes, blood, tears and real cancer patients in this rip-roaring, heartbreaking celebration of ordinary life and death, scratching at the battle metaphors that surround cancer to reveal what really lies beneath.

Commissioned and produced by Complicite.

Complicite Associates is a new strand of work which sees Complicite commissioning and producing new work from brilliant theatre makers.


“Bold, brave and very brilliant!”
THE INDEPENDENT on Bryony Kimmings 

“The most influential and consistently interesting theatre company working in Britain”
THE TIMES on Complicite

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If you’ve been affected by any of the issues raised in A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer and would like support, we recommend you contact the Macmillan Support Line free on 0808 808 00 00 or visit macmillan.org.uk

Image Art Direction & Design © David Curtis-Ring
Photography © Christa Holka
Post Production Marcelo Dalle Grave


Take a glimpse inside the rehearsal room for Complicite's new production with this backstage trailer.

Event Info


A£25.50 B£22.50  C£20 D£18
Sunday Matinee: £18 all seats
Concs: £2 off bands B-D for benefit recipients, registered disabled, patrons aged 60+, students and under 26’s
Schools: £9 for groups 10+, 1 FREE teacher ticket for every 10 students booked
Student Standby: £5
Groups 10+ get 11th ticket FREE
Members – multibuy discount available


14yrs+ contains strong language

Running Time

2hrs 15mins (including interval) book now