When Turner Prize-winning artist Simon Dykes wakes up one morning after a wild night out, he finds his world has changed beyond recognition. His girlfriend, Sarah, has turned into a chimpanzee. And to his horror, so has everyone else. Immediately rushed to hospital, Simon is taken into the care of charismatic radical psychiatrist Zack Busner and treated for being under the psychotic delusion that he’s human.

Great Apes is Will Self’s hilarious, disturbing and dazzlingly original take on man’s place in the evolutionary chain.

This raucous new stage adaptation from Patrick Marmion (The Divided Laing) mixes razor-sharp language with movement and puppetry, journeying into the mystery of what it means to be a human being.


Creative Team:

Writer - Will Self

Adapter - Patrick Marmion

Director - Oscar Pearce

Designer - Sarah Beaton

Movement Director - Jonnie Riordan 

Sound Designer - Daniel Balfour

Lighting Designer - Matt Haskins

Pupper Director - Tom Espiner


Donna Berlin

John Cummins

Bryan Dick

Ruth Everett

Ruth Lass

Vivienne Smith

Stephen Ventura 


“Wonderfully physical”

The Stage

“★★★★★ I urge you not to miss this extraordinary production”


“★★★★ Wildly entertaining and extremely thought-provoking”

Mind The Blog

“★★★★ Will Self's novel gets a skilful adaptation ... director Oscar Pearce maintains a firm grasp on the show's tumbling craziness”

Evening Standard