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Young Marx. National Theatre Live from London at Arena Theater

  • Arena Theater 214 Main Street Point Arena, CA, 95468 United States (map)

     For some, Karl Marx is one of the great bogeymen of 20th Century world politics. And yet, this central character is transformed in a terrific new production.

     Young Marx, a new comedy starring Rory Kinnear as a “broke, restless and horny” 32-year-old Karl Marx, opened the London Theater Company’s first season in October. It is now set to appear on screen at Arena Theater as part of its National Theatre Live offerings, Saturday, May 12, 1:00pm, doors 12:30pm. Tickets $18, $5 youth, online at

     "A specter is haunting Europe…" Rory Kinnear (The Threepenny Opera, Penny Dreadful, Othello) is Marx and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night, Green Wing) is Engels, in this new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London, the production is directed by Nicholas Hytner and reunites the creative team behind Broadway and West End hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors.

     1850, and Europe's most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke, restless and horny, the thirty-two-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy.

     Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures. His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius, his only hope is a job on the railway. But there's still no one in the capital who can show you a better night on the piss than Karl Heinrich Marx.

     Run Time for this production is approximately 140 minutes, with one intermission.