The Suicide
By Nikolai Erdman

Translated by Peter Tegel

Presented by Red Phoenix Theatre and Holden Street Theatres


The Suicide is a deliriously funny and laugh-out-loud comedy about an unemployed man, Semyon, who contemplates suicide. When his thoughts become known, a variety of zany characters try to persuade him to die to promote their cause – including artists, intellectuals, lovers and butchers. All plead their case and hope to gain publicity if Semyon dies in their name.

Nikolai Erdman’s 1924 Russian comedy is a testament to the survival instinct of the individual in the face of crushing external and social forces. When you consider the times in which it was written, the audacity is breathtaking. It celebrates the will to love, it argues for the right to work, and is filled with wonderful, wild and madcap humour. Unsurprisingly, Stalin banned it!

The Suicide is regarded as one of the finest plays to have come out of Communist Russia. Britain’s longest serving theatre critic, Michael Billington includes it in his collection of “The 101 Greatest Plays”.

Content Warning

Although a laugh-out-loud comedy, this play contains references to suicide, and there is a scene where a character contemplates suicide with a gun.

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The Suicide is directed by Brant Eustice and featuring an outstanding cast including Kate Anolak, Joshua Coldwell, Jess Corrie, Samuel Creighton, Michael Eustice, Ruby Faith, Ron Hoenig, David Lockwood, Callum Logan, Sharon Malujlo, Geoff Revell, Nicole Rutty, Russell Slater, Georgia Stockham, Tom Tassone, Bobbie Viney, and Malcolm Walton.

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The Suicide


Genre: Theatre

Season: 2023

Dates: 25 May - 3 Jun

Duration: 2hr 40min

25 May - 3 Jun @ 7:30pm
28 May @ 2pm

General Admission: $24.75
Concession: $18.75
Group (6+): $20.75

Venue: The Studio

32-34 Holden Street, Hindmarsh SA 5007


HST are making every effort to make our performances accessible to all patrons. Accessible seating is available in The Studio.



HST is incredibly excited to present a safe and secure experience at the theatre. To ensure public safety we encourage social distancing and good hygiene practices. As and when restrictions are implemented by SA Health we will follow those guidelines. Only attend the event if you are feeling well, and If you have any COVID-19 symptoms please ensure you appropriate measures until you recover.

If you are unable to attend your event please call 8225 8888 or email manager@holdenstreettheatres.com to discuss your ticketing options.