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Originally seen at the Hampstead Theatre in London
Transferred 23 February 2005, closed 25 June 2005 at the Trafalgar Studios in London
Interwoven events from the past and present blend together in this touching new comedy. Secrets that refuse to remain buried erupt as family members are brought together, after years of separation, to face it out in the bedroom - the place where all the confusion began.
"A tasty theatrical comedy... extremely funny" The Guardian
This production of Losing Louis was originally seen at The Hampstead Theatre in January 2005. The cast features Lynda Bellingham and Alison Steadman with Anita Briem, Emma Cunliffe, Jason Durr, David Horovitch and Brian Protheroe. Losing Louis is by Simon Mendes da Costa and directed by Robin Lefèvre.
"Sophisticated comedy" The Times
"This is only Simon Mendes da Costa's second staged play, but Losing Louis bristles with humour, intelligence and nifty technical expertise. It is witty, cruel and forgiving: a comedy of love, sex, death and being Jewish... At the end, everything is resolved and nothing is which suggests that da Costa understands how families survive unto death. Robin Lefevre's direction is expertly paced and ruthlessly observant, with the best kind of serious comedy acting: black, sparkling and hilarious." The Sunday Times
"Losing Louis is a delight" The Daily Mail
"After a string of disappointments, the Hampstead Theatre has at last come up with a winner. Simon Mendes da Costa's Losing Louis may have its flaws, but it provides the basis for a highly enjoyable evening; and the author - it is only his second staged play - is someone we are likely to hear a lot more of." The Sunday Telegraph
"A big popular hit" The Daily Telegraph
"Tony and Reggie are two estranged Jewish brothers who both married out. The men reunite after 10 years to bury their father, Louis. The action is split between the 1950s, with Louis juggling conjugal relations and an affair with his wife's best friend. As the Fifties characters go off, the Nineties ones come on in a blur of action. The burial takes place in the interval and is catastrophic. The second act deals with the fall-out (in both senses), when home truths and recriminations find their mark... Without this high-calibre cast, this play, charming though it is, could fall very flat." The Independent on Sunday