Adam Kay: This is Going to Hurt

Adam Kay This is Going to Hurt at the Apollo Theatre, London

Due to the national lockdown, all performances for Adam Kay’s This is Going to Hurt after 4th November are cancelled. However, his follow-up show Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas is currently booking at London’s Palace Theatre from 21st December until 3rd January.

Award-winning comedian and former junior doctor Adam Kay welcomes a socially distanced audience to hear his eye-opening and often hilarious stories about his time in the NHS. This is Going to Hurt opens for a limited season at the Apollo Theatre from the 23rd October until 8th November.

Adapted from Kay’s Sunday Times best-selling novel of the same name, This is Going to Hurt is an informative and often moving stand-up show that offers a unique insight into the life of a young medical professional. This show mixes gory hospital stories, witty songs, and first-hand observations that will make you laugh, squirm, and learn more about what working as part of the NHS is like.

This socially distanced run at the Apollo follows several years of success for This is Going to Hurt, having sold out at the Edinburgh Fringe for three years running, then moving to the Soho Theatre in 2017, followed by a UK tour that featured performances at the Garrick and Vaudeville Theatres in London’s West End.

Cast & Creative

Adam Kay on stage in This Is Going to Hurt

Adam Kay is an award-winning comedian and writer who held a former career as a junior doctor. While studying, Kay founded the musical parody band ‘Amateur Transplants’, who are most famous for ‘London Underground’, a parody of ‘Going Underground’ by The Jam. Kay has written for television shows including Mrs Brown’s Boys, Very British Problems and Mitchell and Webb.

Important Information

To assist with track and trace the venue are introducing an airline-style check-in.

  • 48 hours before your performance you will receive a pre-visit email with a check-in link from Nimax Theatres
  • You will be required to confirm that members of your party do not have Covid-19 symptoms – if you cannot confirm this you will be given details on how to exchange (this must be completed no later than 10am on the morning of your performance).
  • Email address – this will be used to communicate pre-show procedures to you, assist with track and trace and provide e-tickets on completion of check-in.
  • The venue will only accept E-ticket for admittance
  • Nimax Theatres will provide you with a contactless e-tickets upon completion of “check-in”.

Note that while London remains under Covid High-Level restrictions, by continuing with your booking you agree that the seats you are purchasing will enable only members of your household or support bubble to sit together.

Running Times

The performance is approximately an hour and ten minutes, with no interval.

Suitable for Children?

This is Going to Hurt is recommended for ages 12+.


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