All You Need is LSD

All You Need is LSD

A world premiere new play by Leo Butler

Thursday 15 to Saturday 17 November 2018

  • Presented at B2 stage
  • Tickets: £12 & £14.75 Concessions: £9 - £12.75

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In 2015, acclaimed British playwright Leo Butler accepted an invitation from former Government drugs tsar, Professor David Nutt, to be a guinea pig in the world’s first LSD medical trials since the 1960s.

Monty Python, Being John Malkovich, and Alice in Wonderland all resonate in this exhilarating and original comedy as we watch Leo jump down the rabbit-hole of a medical trial in search of enlightenment – and a good story.

Along the way he meets an array of characters from Aldous Huxley and The Beatles, to Steve Jobs and Ronald Reagan, whose own stories in the history of LSD are hilariously and poignantly uncovered.

Does the world still need a psychedelic revolution? And will Leo make it back home in time for tea?

Part history, party wild fantasy, this darkly humorous new play illuminates the drugs debate that won’t go away and examines the freedom we have to make our own choices in life, and death.

‘The drug laws in this country- the drug laws IN THE WORLD – all stem from this attitude that pleasure is a bad thing’.

In their 25th year, critically acclaimed theatre company Told by an Idiot collaborate with one of the UK’s finest playwrights to continue to create the unexpected.

An integrated signed performance of this show will take place on Friday 16 November. In an integrated British Sign Language performances the interpreter is incorporated int the action on stage, making the interpretation easier to follow. The interpreter works alongside the actors, rather than standing to the side of the stage.

Recommended for ages 14+

Running time: 90 minutes, no interval.

Most of our seating require use of steps to access them. For further details please see information on our Access page or speak to one of our box office team.

Thu 15 Nov 7:45pm Post-Show Discussion
Fri 16 Nov 7:45pm Integrated Signed Performance
Sat 17 Nov 2:30pm
Sat 17 Nov 7:45pm

★★★★ “Playful genius”

Behind The Arras

★★★★ “Fast, furious, and often, funny”


★★★★ “A historical, educational, thought-provoking play through deranged comedy and insane multi-part playing, with hallucinogenic elements.”

The Gay UK

★★★★ Evening Standard, Time Out, Telegraph, Financial Times, Daily Mail, Observer, Sunday Times

For Boy by Leo Butler, Almeida Theatre, 2016

‘Their work is never less than sublime’

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Casting announced for All You Need Is LSD

Posted by Heather Kincaid on 20th July 2018

Following the announcement that Leo Butler’s new play All You Need Is LSD will run at the Belgrade Theatre 15-17 November, full casting for the world premiere ... Read more

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