The Ugly One

THE UGLY ONE | Play by Marius von Mayenburg

“You are ugly, it’s a fact. No-one that sees you is going to think any different. And I can’t believe you didn’t know.”

— Dr Scheffler, The Ugly One


The show played a short season in Nelson at The Nelson Musical Theatre Complex from October 2-3.
And also performed at The Playhouse Cafe in Mapua October 6-7.

The Ugly One had its British Premiere at The Royal Court Theatre, London in 2007 and has been well received by audiences and critics around the world ever since.

Using a precisely paired-down form where four actors play eight roles with no traditional scene breaks, the play tells the story of Lette, a successful engineer who is also unspeakably ugly. When a plastic surgeon restructures his face, Lette emerges from the operation an Adonis. His life changes overnight: women lust after him and men want to be him. But this dream life soon becomes a nightmare, as Lette’s surgeon begins to offer his face to anyone who will pay.

A delectable black comedy… I have not seen a more imaginative, inventive or disturbing theatrical vision. — Evening Standard

…fiendishly clever, deeply unnerving and scalpel sharp.
Sunday Telegraph

A small but perfectly formed play… delicious performances.
The Guardian