A Family Business

Tue 27 Feb View Performances & Book Tickets

Running Time (INCLUDING ANY INTERVALS): 1 hour 30 minutes

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Presented by China Plate and Staatstheater Mainz.

Written and performed by Chris Thorpe

Developed with Rachel Chavkin and Lekan Lawal

Directed by Claire O’Reilly


A show about how not to blow up the planet.

We don’t really talk about nuclear weapons much. Even though they accompany us everywhere. Invisible guests in cafés, on the shelves of supermarkets, in line at the cash machine. Guests that could destroy all of that and more in a second.

A Family Business is about diplomats, activists, and a journey to change the world. If these weapons could wipe out all our tomorrows, then why aren’t we all talking about them today?

In partnership with Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg. Supported by Warwick Arts Centre and using public funding by the National Lottery through ArtsCouncil England.


Age Guidance: 14+

Warnings: strong language, flashing lights, haze & themes of nuclear warfare


There will be a post-show discussion with Kate Hudson, the General Secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. This is free to attend and you do not need a ticket.

Cast & Crew

Andrea Quirbach

Chris Thorpe
Writer & Performer

Tim Schmultzer
Assistant Director on Production

Rachel Chavkin

Jörg Vorhaben

Christopher Worrall
Casting Director

Eleanor Field
Designer & Costume Designer

Anna Clock
Sound Designer

Arnim Friess
Lighting and AV Designer

Rob Athorn
Production Manager



What the press say

A Family Business is brilliant. A show which encourages us to be part of the urgent conversation and action for the sake of present and future generations. A show full of hope and humanity

Véronique Christory, Senior Arms Adviser for the International Committee of the Red Cross at the United Nations

What the public say

Cannot recommend it enough. Apart from the subject matter's urgency, its brilliant use of multi- lingualism, technology and staging has seared it in my brain

Audience Member


Tuesday 27 February 2024
 Band A20+ Tickets LeftBand D20+ Tickets Left
Under 21£12.00£12.00
Theatre Club£15.00£12.00

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