A Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes

Thu 8 Oct 2015 – Sat 14 Nov 2015

By Marcus Gardley
Directed by Indhu Rubasingham

A Tricycle Theatre production

Award-winning playwright Marcus Gardley returns to the Tricycle Theatre following 2014’s critically-acclaimed The House That Will Not Stand. This fresh take on Molière’s Tartuffe, set in a world of fast-food tycoons and megachurches is a wicked new comedy that rocks the foundations of trust, faith and redemption.

Given just days to live, multi-millionaire Archibald Organdy puts his faith in the flamboyant Archbishop Tardimus Toof, a prophet, preacher and part-time masseur who arrives in Atlanta from the deep, deep south.

Toof promises to absolve Archibald’s sins and heal his disease, but his family suspect there’s more to this healer than faith, virtue and snakeskin shoes.

Cast includes Lucian Msamati, Sharon D. Clarke, Adjoa AndohAyesha AntoineMichelle BonnardWil JohnsonKarl Queensborough and Angela Wynter. The Tricycle Theatre’s Olivier-Award winning Artistic Director Indhu Rubasingham (MultitudesRed Velvet, Handbagged, The House That Will Not Stand) directs.

Creatives include Tom Piper (Designer), Paul Anderson (Lighting Designer), David McSeveney (Sound Designer), Nigel Lilley (Musical Director) and Ben and Max Ringham (Composers).


★★★★ ‘A laudable, hilarious and intensely moving offering’ Afridiziak

★★★★ ‘The riptide speed of Indhu Rubasingham’s production… stacks of sass and say-it-to-the-hand attitude’ The Jewish Chronicle

★★★★ ‘A script that bites, and a cast that sparkles’ London Theatre 1

★★★★ ‘Raucous and funny’ The Stage

★★★★ ‘Gardley’s writing is highly effective and flows superbly…incredibly funny’ West End Frame

‘Full of jet-fuelled prose and raucous hilarity’ The Guardian

‘Gardley writes with tremendous verve‘  Financial Times

‘Played with dynamic fervour and malevolence by Lucian Msamati’ Evening Standard

‘Msamati is terrific’ The Jewish Chronicle

‘The show is a riot’ WhatsOnStage

‘Gardley writes like a good angel’ TheatreCat

‘The cast are excellent and the script crackles with inventive frivolity’ The Spectator

‘Proves Marcus Gardley a real writing talent’ The Observer