World Premiere

Harry Lloyd   Claire Skinner

The Narcissist

A new play by Christopher Shinn

Minerva TheatreTicketsPrice: From £21
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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 mother.
His best friend.
His brother.
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.

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Cast & Creatives

Cast includes

  • Harry Lloyd

  • Claire Skinner

  • Caroline Gruber

  • Akshay Khanna

  • Simon Lennon

  • Stuart Thompson

  • Paksie Vernon

  • Jenny Walser


Creative team

Cast List

Josh Seymour


Jasmine Swan


Jess Bernberg

Lighting Designer

Alexandra Faye Braithwaite

Sound Designer

Chi-San Howard

Movement Director

Amy Ball CDG

Casting Director

John Page

Production Manager

Jennie Quirke

Costume Supervisor

Jamie Owens

Props Supervisor

Darren Ware

Wigs, Hair & Make-Up Supervisor

Robert Perkins

Company Stage Manager

Olivia Roberts

Deputy Stage Manager

Ellie Penney

Assistant Stage Manager



Access performances

Access performances

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Pricing Information

Price bands for an event, organised by showing
Performance description Price Bands
Previews/Press Nights£21£31
All other performances£29£40
  • Friends Priority Saver: Book the same number of tickets for four or more productions and save 20%. All Saver tickets must be booked and paid for in a single transaction. Only available during Friends Priority Booking period (12-18 March)
  • Friends Single Production Discount: £2 off non-saver tickets
  • Groups 8+ Monday and Tuesday: £26 per ticket
  • Groups 8+ Wednesday - Friday: £5 off each ticket
  • Groups 40+ Wednesday - Friday: £8 off each ticket, plus a £5 ticket for the Group Organiser
  • School and College Groups 10+ Monday - Friday: £8.50 per ticket; one free teacher ticket with every nine paid
  • Over 60s Monday - Thursday: £2 off
  • Full-time students in Higher Education, Jobseekers Allowance and Income Support claimants Monday - Thursday: Half Price
  • Full-time students in Higher Education, Jobseekers Allowance and Income Support claimants Monday - Thursday: Standby from one hour before the performance: £8.50
  • Family tickets (excludes Saturday evenings): Half Price for up to four U16s with every full price paying adult. Discounts applied at the checkout. All tickets must be booked and paid for in a single transaction.
  • Book early for the best prices Prices are guaranteed until Monday 4 April and are then subject to change
  • All venues: Only one reduction applies per ticket, and all discounts are subject to availability and at the discretion of the Box Office.
  • All venues: Discounts do not apply to Previews and Press Nights
  • Friends: Up to four discounted tickets per production
  • Access tickets may be available for Access Members Log in to your account to see Access seats
  • £5 Prologue Tickets may be available for 16-30 year olds Log in to your account to see Prologue seats

Content & Themes

At CFT, we want everyone to feel truly welcome and comfortable. While we try not to give away plot twists and narrative surprises, we also recognise that some people may find certain themes distressing. You’ll find guidance on such content below; please be aware that by reading this, some elements of the plot may be revealed. Please note that this may be updated nearer the time of the production as staging details are confirmed.

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Language: Strong language
Nudity: None 
Violence: None
Themes: Politics, family relationships, drugs, addiction, sexual references, social media including sexting

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