They Don't Pay? We Won't Pay!

Anthea is a woman on the edge, out of work, and in arrears. When she gets mixed up in a riot at the local supermarket, she seizes the opportunity to stock her empty cupboards and those of her friend, Maggie.

But how will they hide the loot from their law-abiding husbands?

What will they tell the police?

When the going gets tough Anthea’s anarchic imagination takes over, with a fantastical, farcical answer for everything…

Conrad Nelson directs Dario Fo’s classic comedy, a fast and furious political satire on the plight of the working poor, transposed to Brexit Britain.




"Fast, furious and very funny, this is farce with fire in its belly" THE TIMES

“In You Don't Pay? We Won't Pay! Northern Broadsides have produced a play that will make you laugh, make you think, and likely elicit a very personal response from everyone who watches it”  BROADWAY WORLD

 “Conrad Nelson’s fiery, funny production is exactly the kind of play we should be seeing more often YORK PRESS

“The tongue-in-cheek comedy has the audience laughing throughout the course of the play” PLAYS TO SEE

“There is unlikely to be a better play for today out there right now. It makes you laugh and it also makes you think!”  TOTAL NTERTAINMENT

“The production is truly theatre at its bestI couldn’t recommend it enoughNORTH WEST END

 “The politics are painfully on the nose. Deborah McAndrew’s conscientiously topical new adaptation feels like a game of headline bingo. Brexit, Trump, bankers, NHS privatisation, #MeToo – it’s all there”  THE GUARDIAN

 “A very enjoyable night out at the theatre”   ON: YORKSHIRE MAGAZINE 




Presented by Northern Broadsides and York Theatre Royal

By Dario Fo

A new adaptation by Deborah McAndrew

Based on a translation by Jon Laskin and Michael Aquilante

Directed by Conrad Nelson



From Tuesday 16 – Saturday 20 October, the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre will be collecting non-perishable food, household cleaners and toiletries* to donate to North Guildford Food Bank.

*High priority items that the Food Bank desperately needs include:

Tinned Vegetables

Toothpaste / Toothbrushes

Cooking Oil

Jars of Pasta Sauce (or Curry Sauce)

Drinking Chocolate

Washing Up Liquid

We would be delighted if, when you come to see this show, you would like to bring an item with you to donate to the Food Bank.

The North Guildford Food Bank at St Clare’s (Park Barn), the New Hope Centre (Bellfields) and in the Bushy Hill Community Centre (Merrow) has been set up to provide temporary help for individuals and families in the Guildford area who are in need, ensuring that no one goes hungry.

North Guildford Food Bank will use your donated items to create food parcels to be given (in exchange for a food voucher granted by various agencies such as the Citizens Advice Bureau, Social Services, council etc) to those experiencing short term financial difficulties.


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