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Happy New


Happy New
by Brendan Cowell

Lisa Dillon
Joel Samuels
William Troughton

Directed by Robert Shaw
Produced by Chris Foxon
Designed by Lily Arnold Read More

Running time: 2h 10m


Happy New
by Brendan Cowell

Lisa Dillon
Joel Samuels
William Troughton

Directed by Robert Shaw
Produced by Chris Foxon
Designed by Lily Arnold Read More

Running time: 2h 10m

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Trafalgar Studios, London
14 Whitehall,London,SW1A 2DY

Happy New

Happy New
by Brendan Cowell

Lisa Dillon
Joel Samuels
William Troughton

Directed by Robert Shaw
Produced by Chris Foxon
Designed by Lily Arnold
Lighting by Johanna Town
Stage Manager Sarah Rhodes Cannings
Assistant Director Alice Kornitzer

'People don't really accept chickens, which is wrong, 'cos we invented the pecking order.'

Following a sensational sell-out run at the Old Red Lion Theatre in 2012, extended to an unprecedented eight weeks, Happy New proudly transfers to Trafalgar Studio 2.

The Australian outback. Danny and Lyle were abandoned by their mother in the chicken coop. Discovered after several months, surrounded only by hens, feathers, pecking and clawing, they are taken into care. Over the years, they've become media celebrities. Sultry TV journo Pru has entered their lives.

But now, society is bored with them. It's New Year's Eve. Tomorrow, Danny and Lyle must leave care and step out into the world alone for the first time. But are childhood traumas coming home to roost? What's Pru hatching? Why's she egging them on? Will they ever eat Nando's again? And of course, which came first?

Lisa Dillon won the 2003 Ian Charleson Award and Critics' Circle Award for Most Promising Newcomer. She has appeared in some 20 theatre productions at the National Theatre, the Almeida, the RSC and in the West End. Most recently, she appeared opposite Stephen Mangan in Birthday at the Royal Court and in The Taming of the Shrew at the RSC. She is also regularly seen on film and TV, notably in Bright Young ThingsCranford and Cambridge Spies.

Brendan Cowell is a multi-award-winning and BAFTA-nominated playwright and screenwriter.

***** 'Outstanding performances, astonishing writing…A remarkable piece of theatre…unlike anything else on stage. Unmissable.'
The Public Reviews

'Pinter without the pauses…a bravura performance, remarkably expressed.'
Libby Purves, The Times

'Audacious, amusing and verbally dazzling…the most verbally arresting play on the London stage.'
Dominic Cavendish,  The Telegraph

'One of the rawest and most confronting plays currently showing in the West End…a must-see.'
Australian Times

'Laugh-out-loud funny and thought-provoking.'
The Stage

 'Lyrically dextrous and brutally poetic.'
Time Out

'Compulsive viewing.'
TNT Magazine

'Littered with darkly comic turns of phrase…Engaging.'
Evening Standard

'An exceptional piece of theatre…fascinating and urgent.'
British Theatre Guide

'This play has it all.'
Everything Theatre

'Wonderfully, the fine cast keep us guessing.'
The Telegraph

'Powerful performances.'
Official London Theatre

'The acting is terrific…Lisa Dillon is spectacular.'
The Stage

'Lisa Dillon is great…Joel Samuels and William Troughton impress equally.'
Time Out

'Flawless performances.'
Australian Times

Happy New has been very generously supported by The Foyle Foundation, The Boris Karloff Charitable Foundation, Mrs Margaret Guido’s Charitable Trust, The Coutts Charitable Trust, The Royal Victoria Hall Foundation, Kirsten Rausing, Judi Dench, Tom Stoppard, Joanna Lumley, Richard Wilson and Melvyn Bragg.

Happy New

There are no booking fees for this production.

However, all bookings made through ATG Tickets for this venue are subject to a £3.00 Transaction fee.

Happy New Access

Booking Information

Access Booking line: 0800 912 6971

http://trafalgarentertainment.com/your-visit/access/Trafalgar Studios Visual Story: a visual resource to help prepare visitors for a new experience and to help them become familiar with new surroundings and what to expect. Click here to download it 

More about Trafalgar Studios access information can be found here.

Large Print Introduction

A large print introduction for Admissions can be found here .

Audio Introductions

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Access Performances

To get the access discount for these shows you must join the ATG Access Membership Scheme; call 0800 912 6971, email [email protected] or visit the box office in person

Touch Tours can be organised in advance (subject to availability) by contacting [email protected]

For more access information, please visit http://trafalgarentertainment.com/your-visit/access/

Access Performances
  • Audio Description None scheduled
  • Sign Language Interpreted None scheduled
  • Captioned None scheduled
  • SUR Titles None scheduled
  • Relaxed Performances None scheduled
Venue Access Information

Trafalgar Studios 1 & 2 are accessible for Wheelchair Users. The main entrance to the theatre is on Whitehall. The Foyer, Foyer Bar and Box Office are on street level. Please note, Trafalgar Studios are only able to accommodate small wheelchairs - up to 25” or 65 cm width and 43’’ or 110cm length (no mobility scooters) due to size and weight restrictions (225 kg max) on our lifts.

For Studio 1 you can enter the foyer step free, take the lift to the lower level then a stair lift brings you to the front of the auditorium. The Wheelchair Spaces are in the front row and are clear view.

For Studio 2 access is step free into the foyer, take the lift to the lower level then there is level access into the auditorium. The Wheelchair space is again in the front row & clear view.

If Wheelchair Patrons would rather transfer into a seat then the wheelchair can be stored during the performance and brought back to you at the end of the show.

Please allow enough time (20 minutes) for wheelchair patrons to get to their seats. 

The infrared hearing loops now work in Rows F-H in Studio 1 (best reception in more central seats); in Studio 2 best reception is in A17-22, B24-29 and C34-39. Devices are at the Box Office, £10 deposit is required. There are two devices available: Induction Loop Necklace Suitable for persons wearing a hearing aid, the induction loop necklace is worn around the neck. Whilst wearing the necklace switch your hearing aid to the 'T' setting and the sound is amplified. The necklace has an adjustable volume control. Headset This device amplifies sound through earpieces similar to regular headphones. Suitable for persons without a hearing aid.

Guide Dogs are permitted in the auditorium or can be looked after by staff during the show.

The disabled toilet is on the lower level in the Studio Bar and can be reached by Wheelchair Users from the foyer and from both auditoriums.

Trafalgar Studios Information

Trafalgar Studios
  • If you're driving into the West End to see a show, take advantage of Q-Park's Theatreland Parking Scheme saving 50% off off-street car parking charges for up to 24 hours. To qualify, simply present your Q-Park car park ticket for validation at our box office and the car park machine will automatically charge you half price. Our nearest Q-Park car park is Trafalgar and the next nearest is Chinatown.
  • See the Access page for information
  • Enjoy one of Trafalgar Studio's great bars.
  • A cloakroom is available at this venue.
Trafalgar Studios

14 Whitehall



By bus: 3 11 12 24 53 77a 88 91 139 159 453

Contact Information
Telephone Booking : 0844 871 7632

Calls cost 7p per minute, plus your phone company's access charge.

Groups Bookings : 020 7206 1174

Access Bookings : 0800 912 6971

Stage Door / Admin:* : 0207 321 5400


Trafalgar Studios makes the safety and security of its customers and staff a priority. As such, please bear in mind that we may undertake bag checks, so recommend you leave extra time to avoid queues, and refrain from bringing suitcases rucksacks and large bags into the Theatre. Many thanks for your cooperation.


Trafalgar Studios Box Office Opening Hours

Mon-Sat, 10:30am to 7.45pm

Trafalgar Entertainment Group

Trafalgar Studios is owned and operated by Trafalgar Entertainment Group, a live entertainment business launched in 2017 by Sir Howard Panter and Dame Rosemary Squire DBE. For more information on the company and its flagship venue Trafalgar Studios, see www.trafalgarentertainment.com or follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

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Pick your own seats

To pick your own seats for Happy New at Trafalgar Studios simply find the performances you'd like to see from the listings below and you'll be given the option.

Happy New Group Bookings

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Groups Booking line: 020 7206 1174

Groups Benefits
  • Reserve now, pay later
  • No booking fees on selected shows
  • Huge savings on the majority of shows
  • Easily amendable reservations
  • Reserve more than one show at once
  • No deposits required
  • Reservations are invoiced, and are easy for you to review and check before paying
  • Tickets posted free to your door
  • Pre-book hospitality packages

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Extra Events

Free Play Readings in Studio 2

25 June, 3pm
Let Me Go! by Anne Claire Poirier
UK premiere
Cast includes Anna Calder-Marshall

26 June 26, 3pm
Some Gorgeous Accident by James Kennaway

28 June, 3pm
Children of Fate by Juan Radrigán
Cast includes Natalie Cassidy

Post show Q&A
21 June
With full cast, director and playwright

Dates & Times