Smelling a Rat
Paperback, 68 pages ISBN: 9781854593160Publication Date:
19 Sep 1996
Size: 200mm x 125mm£9.99 £7.99You save £2.00 (20%)
First Staged:
Hampstead Theatre, London, 1988

Smelling a Rat

By Mike Leigh

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A black comedy/farce from the acclaimed film-maker and author of Abigail's Party.

Returning home unexpectedly from holiday, Rex Weasel, owner of the Vermination Pest Control Company, hides in a wardrobe when he hears intruders. It's his employee Vic Maggot with his wife out on a spree - but they also have to hide when Weasel's gormless son turns up with his garrulous girlfriend.

The comedy frantically approaches farce, but the drama is continuously underscored by Leigh's trademark ability to create conversations that are both painful and hilarious in their banal accuracy.

Mike Leigh's play Smelling a Rat premiered at Hampstead Theatre, London, in 1988. 

Press Quotes

'Mike Leigh has a wonderful gift for conversation so rock-bottom-boring that it is hilarious'


'His strength is his satirical observation of English tribal customs... Like Ayckbourn, he uses farce to expose the dire consequences of emotional cruelty: the result is both consistently funny and extremely disturbing'

Michael Billington
Paperback,68 pages ISBN: 9781854593160Publication Date:
19 Sep 1996
Size: 200mm x 125mm£9.99 £7.99You save £2.00 (20%)

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