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The Good Person of Szechwan

‘Bold, kaleidoscopic production’ The Guardian
‘Brecht might well smile down on this production - it's hard not to’ Daily Telegraph
‘A sparky pop satire ’ The Times
‘A constant delight’ What's On Stage
‘Bold and inventive’ The Stage
‘Entertaining, challenging, thought provoking and moving’ West End Best Friend
‘A highly accomplished cast ’ British Theatre Guide

In its 80th anniversary, Brecht’s popular play is brought bang up to date in a new version by Nina Segal, directed by Anthony Lau. Winner of Best Design for Georgia Lowe at the Evening Standard Awards 2023.

“What is the cost of being good?”

In the hustle and bustle of a modern-day metropolis, it’s a dog-eat-dog world and Shen Te is doing all she can to get by.

When three gods reward her hospitality with a life-changing sum of money, Shen Te opens a tobacco shop and claims the stability she’s always dreamed of. But the struggle is not over yet; she is forced to question the cost of her own survival as she resorts to scheming and deceit to flourish in this capitalist world.

In its 80th anniversary, Brecht’s play is brought up to date in a new version by Nina Segal (In The Night Time (Before The Sun Rises)), directed by Anthony Lau (Sheffield Theatres’ Anna Karenina).

Commissioned by ETT and co-produced by ETT, Sheffield Theatres and The Lyric Hammersmith Theatre.


Sheffield Theatres

11 Mar - 1 Apr 2023

Lyric Hammersmith Theatre

15 Apr - 13 May 2023

Rehearsal Gallery


Creative Team


Bertolt Brecht

New Translation by

Nina Segal


Anthony Lau


Georgia Lowe

Lighting Designer

Jessica Hung Han Yun


DJ Walde

Sound Designer

Alex Braithwaite

Casting Director

Jacob Sparrow CDG

Literal Translator

Susy Hingley


Third God

Nick Blakeley

Mrs Mi Tzu/Old Woman

Melody Brown

Yang Sun

Aidan Cheng

Lin To/Shu Fu

Jon Chew

First God

Callum Coates

Husband/Priest/Court Clerk

Togo Igawa

Jobless Man/Policeman/Cousin

Camille Mallet de Chauny

Mrs Yang/Wife

Louise Mai Newberry

Second God

Tim Samuels

Shen Te/Shui Ta

Ami Tredrea


Leo Wan

Mrs Shin

Suni La