You can't live your life thinking everything you text will become public knowledge. Censoring yourself is no way to live.
Everyone needs Jim.
His best friend.
His new lover.
A hopeful future President.
But can Jim really help anyone, when he isn’t sure who he is any more, or what he actually believes? An expert in electoral strategy, he’s forged a successful career by advising politicians how to communicate with voters. But following seismic shifts in the political landscape, he’s disillusioned. And his marriage is in crisis. As he juggles the demands on his life through his smartphone, will the lure of success and fame prove irresistible?
The Narcissist is a gripping, inventive and witty take on personal and political communication in the internet age.
Christopher Shinn is a celebrated American playwright whose work has been produced to huge acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. His first play, Four, premiered at the Royal Court in 1998 and, in 2008, his play Dying City was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Harry Lloyd plays Jim; his many screen credits include Game of Thrones, Arcane, Counterpart, Marcella, Wolf Hall, Manhattan and the forthcoming The Lost King; his theatre work includes The Duchess of Malfi (Old Vic), and The Little Dog Laughed, A View from the Bridge and The Sea in the West End.
Claire Skinner, who plays the Senator, has many screen credits including most recently McDonald and Dodds, The Pale Horse, Vanity Fair, Power Monkeys, Next of Kin and the award-winning BBC comedy Outnumbered. Her extensive theatre work includes A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (Trafalgar Studios), The Father (Wyndham’s), Nightfall (The Bridge Theatre) and Mrs Affleck, The Winter's Tale and Othello (National Theatre).
Josh Seymour was formerly Resident Assistant Director at the Donmar Warehouse and won the 2016 Off-West End Award for Best Director for Tennessee Williams’ One Arm at Southwark Playhouse. His theatre credits also include Associate Director on The Normal Heart and Follies at the National Theatre.
The Narcissist was initially commissioned by Fictionhouse.