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Adam Kay is an award-winning writer and comedian. His debut book, This is Going to Hurt, is a literary sensation: a Sunday Times number one bestseller for over a year, it has sold over 2.5 million copies, making it the bestselling UK narrative non-fiction book of the 21st century. It is the bestselling non-fiction ebook of all time and has been translated into 37 languages (and counting).
This is Going to Hurt has won ten national awards including a record-breaking four National Book Awards. His bestselling follow-up, Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas was a number one bestseller, and sold over 500,000 copies. His anthology Dear NHS raised over £400,000 for charity and featured contributions from Emilia Clarke, Ed Sheeran, Emma Thompson, Emma Watson and Paul McCartney. His children’s books Kay’s Anatomy and Kay’s Marvellous Medicine have been translated into 26 language and sold over 350,000 copies.
His live tour of This is Going to Hurt was one of the most-attended UK shows of recent years, seen by over 250,000 people and described by The Guardian as “electrifying”. Adam adapted This is Going to Hurt as a major comedy-drama series for the BBC and AMC.
He lives in Oxfordshire with his dog and husband.
New Theatre Oxford
There has been a theatre on George Street for almost 185 years. The first theatre was built in 1836, and a second in 1886. In 1908, the Dorrill family took over the venue and finally in 1934, the third Theatre opened; the ‘New Theatre’. Stanley Dorrill masterminded the rebuilding of the theatre as we know it today. He commissioned a new building from the well-known theatre architects William and T.R. Milburn of Sunderland. The Milburns developed the decadent art-deco interior with T.P Bennett and Sons, who also designed the Saville Theatre in London.