Announcement Productions in association with Theatre503 presents


Running Time: 1hr 35 mins

Written by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb
Directed by Katherine Nesbitt
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Jules, a marine biologist, placed a personals ad offering “sex to change the course of the world”. Jo replied and has come to Jules’ lab expecting a hot night of no strings sex. But this is no casual encounter, it has evolutionary significance and the future of the human race hangs in the balance.

Will they survive? Will we survive? What’s with the fish tank? And who is the strange woman in the corner?

Cast: Will Merrick (The Rack Pack (BBC), Skins (E4)), Nicole Sawyerr & Mandi Symonds (1984, West End)

Praise for boom

‘marvellous…inspired…boom is a virtuoso tour de force; perhaps the most brilliant show I’ve seen so far this year’ GOTHAMIST

‘..flips from pants-around-the-ankles comedy to hipster “Twilight Zone” …boom is imaginative and easy to like.’ THE NEW YORKER

Peter Sinn Nachtrieb

Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, 6’6”, is a San Francisco-based playwright. His work has been seen off-Broadway and across the USA including at Ars Nova, SPF, Woolly Mammoth, Seattle Repertory, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Southern Rep, San Diego Rep, and in the Bay Area at Z Space, A.C.T., Encore Theatre, Killing My Lobster, Marin Theatre Company, Impact Theatre, and The Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Peter is a happy member of New Dramatists and is the Playwright in Residence at Z Space in San Francisco.


Artistic Team
Peter Sinn Nachtrieb
Katherine Nesbitt
Ian Melding
Nicola Blackwell
Lighting Designer
Robbie Butler
Sound Designer
Callum Wyles
Will Merrick
Nicole Sawyerr
Mandi Symonds
'oodles of imagination ... and a fair few laughs' - The Stage
Posted on 9 August 2017

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★★★★ - Everything Theatre
Posted on 9 August 2017

"A show-stealing turn by Mandi Symonds that contains moments that would be at home in Monty Python. She bangs the drum in a way I’m sure John Cleese would approve of.
"And, as ever, it’s a testament to Theatre503 that they have once again come up with a gem that demonstrates why this is a place that demands your return."

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★★★★ - Broadway World
Posted on 8 August 2017

"Peter Sinn Nachtrieb's play is intelligent and apocalyptically funny."

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★★★★ - West End Wilma
Posted on 8 August 2017

"Writer Peter Sinn Nachtrieb has produced a deliriously absurd but impossible-not-to-love doomsday drama."

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Interview: Playwright Peter Sinn Nachtrieb talks boom
Posted on 31 July 2017

San Francisco-born Peter Sinn Nachtrieb's hit doomsday comedy Boom, about a biology lab meet-cute with major evolutionary consequences, premiered at the Ars Nova Theatre in New York in 2008. This August, it comes to Theatre503.

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boom: Theatre and biology is a nice ying and yang of interests
Posted on 31 July 2017

San Francisco-based playwright Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s hit Off-Broadway black comedy BOOM, the most produced play in the US in 2009 and 2010, receives its UK premiere at London’s Theatre503 in London. Here, he explains how Richard Dawkins and a love of evolutionary biology inspired the play…

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boom an interview with Director Katherine Nesbitt
Posted on 19 July 2017

Katherine Nesbitt is a director originally from Belfast. She studied in Glasgow where she was also the Artistic Director of Makeshift Broadcast, a company that nurtured new talent. She has directed The Company of Wolves by Angela Carter at the Edinburgh Fringe and Attempts on Her Life for the West End Festival in Glasgow. She received a JMK Regional Assistant Director award on Swallow by Stef Smith, which was the winner of a 2015 Fringe First, and she was most recently Assistant Director on Tony Kushner’s iHo at Hampstead Theatre.

In August this year, together with Announcement Productions, Katherine is bringing Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s Boom, a comedy about sex, the end of the world and tropical fish, to Theatre503. Written in 2008, it was the most-produced play in the US between 2009 and 2010, and received rave reviews. We caught up with the director to talk about this apocalyptic comedy, her projects with new writers and why she loves the theatre.

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Theatre503 to host UK premiere of popular American comedy boom
Posted on 15 June 2017

Written in 2008 and premiering at the Ars Nova Theater in New York, Peter Sinn Nachtrieb's comedy BOOM quickly became the most produced play in the US between 2009 - 2010 and until now, has never before been professionally staged in the UK.
Jules, a marine biologist, places a personals ad offering "sex to change the course of the world". Jo replies and comes to Jules' lab expecting a hot night of no strings sex. But this is no casual encounter, it has evolutionary significance and the future of the human race hangs in the balance

Read the full article

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