Baby Reindeer


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‘I did question whether I deserved it. Where did my wrongdoings stop and hers begin?’

When award-winning comedian Richard Gadd offers a stranger a free cup of tea, he has no sense of the nightmare to come. One act of kindness. Six years of torment.

The sell-out smash hit of last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, Baby Reindeer is the “blistering” debut play (Telegraph) from Richard Gadd (Monkey See Monkey Do, Netflix’s ‘Sex Education’). Directed by Olivier Award-winner Jon Brittain (Rotterdam), this is a chilling personal account of compulsion, delusion and obsession. Some admirers simply won’t be shaken off. “A haunted, haunting hour”(Guardian).


Writer and Performer: Richard Gadd
Director: Jon Brittain
Designer: Cecilia Carey
Lighting Designer: Peter Small
Sound Designer: Keegan Curran
Video Designer: Ben Bull
Production Manager: Ed Borgnis
Stage Manager: Caitlin O’Reilly


Francesca Moody Productions and Sonia Friedman Productions in association with Bush Theatre (Ambassadors Theatre 2020)

Francesca Moody Productions in association with Popcorn, Seared and Julie Clare Productions (Edinburgh Festival and Bush Theatre 2019)


“An exquisitely crafted 65 minutes” Lyn Gardner, Stage Door

A courageous, compelling and deeply affecting performance, which left many in the audience speechless.” ★★★★★ British Theatre Guide 

“A haunting, unsettling monologue about the nature of obsession” ★★★★★ The Evening Standard

“Gadd has transitioned from comedy to theatre with a disgraceful grace.” ★★★★ Whatsonstage

“Jon Brittain’s production tightens its grip with terrible inexorability, and Gadd performs it as if living the horror afresh.” ★★★★ The Guardian

“Delivered with vicious energy” ★★★★ Independent

“Baby Reindeer will follow you all the way home.” ★★★★ Financial Times

“A bleakly adrenalised roar of a show” ★★★★ Timeout

“The sheer crucible of hate and other raw emotions Baby Reindeer unleashes continue to disturb long after its conclusion.” ★★★★★ FEST

“I’ve never been frightened of an item of furniture before but there is indeed a first time for everything.” ★★★★★ Broadway Baby 

“As taut as a classic thriller” ★★★★★ The National 

“An all-encompassing narrative that grips and chills to the very last” ★★★★★ Reviews Hub

“Vibrant, compelling, pulsing with life” ★★★★ Scotsman

“A majestic performance – a reckoning, an exorcism” ★★★★★ The Stage 

“Essential viewing” ★★★★★ Telegraph

“Many shows search for hard hitting truths, but few reach the level of sincerity that Baby Reindeer does” ★★★★ A Younger Theatre

“A disorientating, anxiety-ridden masterclass in suspense” ★★★★ Metro

Gadd gathered much acclaim for this taut 70-minute show when in debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe. Away from the heightened critical reactions the festival foments, it’s clear he deserves every bit of it.” ★★★★★ Chortle

“A vital story, brilliantly told by one of the most innovative artists on stage at the moment. A must-see.” ★★★★★ British Theatre

“Fraught with pulsing fear and unexpected beauty” ★★★★ Broadway World 


WINNER Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliated Theatre

WINNER Scotsman Fringe First 2019 

WINNER Stage Edinburgh Award 2019

WINNER Offie for Video Design 2019 

NOMINATED Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre  

FINALIST Offie for Performance Piece

FINALIST Sit Up Award Ednburgh 

FINALIST Mental Health Edinburgh Award


Ambassadors Theatre

The West-End run of Baby Reindeer has been postponed until we have clearer guidance from the government regarding the re-opening of theatres. 

BAM, New York

The New York run of Baby Reindeer has been postponed indefinitely.

Bush Theatre 

October 9 – November 9 2019

Roundabout, Edinburgh Festival 

2 – 25 August 2019