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a new play by Lucy Kirkwood

18 July to 28 September 2017
Running Time: about 2 hours 50 minutes, including 20-minute interval


Alice is a scientist. She lives in Geneva. As the Large Hadron Collider starts up in 2008, she is on the brink of the most exciting work of her life, searching for the Higgs Boson.

Jenny is her sister. She lives in Luton. She spends a lot of time Googling.

When tragedy throws them together, the collision threatens them all with chaos.

Olivia Colman and Olivia Williams play the sisters in this new drama from Chimerica writer Lucy Kirkwood, directed by Rufus Norris.

Please note: in order to ensure as many people as possible can buy tickets, there is a ticket limit of two per customer for this show.

Production supported by Winton Philanthropies and Rosetrees Trust. This play is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Plays Award.

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Talks and events

On Screen: Particle Fever Mon 11 Sep, 5.30pm
Olivia Colman and Olivia Williams on Mosquitoes Mon 18 Sep, 3pm
Designing Mosquitoes Mon 25 Sep, 10.30am
Making Mosquitoes with designer Katrina Lindsay Mon 25 Sep, 5.45pm  
Distrusting Science Thu 21 Sep, 6pm
Theatre Dialogue Club: Mosquitoes Thu 28 Sep, 7.15pm

5 star rating

Rufus Norris directs with sensitivity and real panache. It’s terrific

What's On Stage
4 star rating

Olivia Colman is devastatingly good in Lucy Kirkwood’s dazzling new play

Daily Telegraph
4 star rating

Very funny. A wildly ambitious new play

Time Out
4 star rating

Olivia Colman gives a rich, funny and poignant performance

The Stage
4 star rating

Olivia Colman and Olivia Williams work wonders together. Their chemistry is amazing

4 star rating

A spectacular staging. Magnificent performances

Financial Times
4 star rating

Olivia Colman and Olivia Williams are riveting in this tough, tender family drama

The Times
4 star rating

Olivia Williams and Colman give a spellbinding account of sibling strife in this wonderfully ambitious play


Mosquitoes | Arts & Science

When Lucy Kirkwood was researching Mosquitoes, she spoke to some of the physicists at CERN, so we decided to do the same.

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Mosquitoes | GCSE Physics Quiz

Mosquitoes is set at CERN, so we tested the science knowledge of the director and some of the cast.

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Mosquitoes | Rehearsal Gallery


Sofia Barclay
Amanda Boxer
Gavriella Bastianelli / Policewoman
Cait Davis
Journalist / Sonographer
Vanessa Emme
Yoli Fuller
Paul Hilton
The Boson
Paul Hilton
Ira Mandela Siobhan
Security Guard
Ira Mandela Siobhan

Production team

Photography by David Stewart