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The Outsider (L'etranger)

(This is a past event and is no longer running)

Albert Camus

Adapted for the Stage by:
Ben Okri


“STRIKING…Absurdist physical humour is brought to the fore”- The Guardian

★★★★★ “Ben Okri’s adaptation of L’Étranger for stage demands that once more we face its shattering questions”- The Spy In The Stalls

★★★★ “Booker prize winner Ben Okri has created an unsettling and surprisingly amusing show that lingers long in the mind.”-Time Out 

★★★★“This thoughtful staging finds contemporary resonance in Camus’s classic about identity, meaning, freedom and responsibility.”- Financial Times


“Mother died today. Or was it yesterday, I can’t be certain.”

Albert Camus’ classic existentialist masterpiece, adapted by Booker Prize-winning author Ben Okri.

Camus’ sparse parable about the human condition is one of the great stories of the 20th Century, presented at the Coronet in its first major UK production.

A faceless man who can no longer pretend, Mersault commits a senseless murder under the glare of the Algerian sun and is forced to confront the hypocrisy and injustice of society. In an age where we are being increasingly told what to feel, The Outsider is a blast of uncompromising honesty.

The Outsider, with its distilled narrative, is the perfect work to adapt for the stage. It needs to be performed in the right venue, somewhere unpretentious and true to itself. Print Room at the Coronet, authentic in its richness, is matched with an artistic programme that is distinguished, international and brave – hallmarks of great Camus principles.”- Ben Okri

Albert Camus, French novelist, essayist, philosopher and Nobel laureate, was one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th Century. Ben Okri, author of The Famished Road, is one of contemporary literature’s most important writers. This production brings them together for a rare dramatisation of one of modern literature’s most celebrated works.


Abbey Wright

Set and Costume Designer:
Richard Hudson

Lighting Designer:
David Plater

Sound Designer:
Matt Regan

Casting Director:
Ruth O’Dowd CDG

Additional Information

The Outsider contains violence, strong language & adult themes.

Recommended age guidance 12+. 

The performance also contains the smoking of herbal cigarettes, and features the firing of gun shots and strobe lighting.


Production photos by Tristram Kenton