“Whether you’re a Die Hard fan or not, it guarantees happy trails.”
★★★★ The Guardian 

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“Whether you’re a Die Hard fan or not, it guarantees happy trails.”
★★★★ The Guardian 

Acclaimed retelling of classic film Die Hard from Richard Marsh - Fringe First-winner, London poetry slam champion, BBC Audio Drama Best Scripted Comedy Drama award-winner and New York cop (one of these is untrue).

When gunmen seize an LA skyscraper, off-duty policeman John McClane is the hostages’ only hope. This uplifting action romp (and unauthorised parody) pays affectionate tribute to the iconic 80s festive fan favourite. Essential viewing for Hans Gruber superfans and newcomers alike.

This joyfully funny show premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2022 to critical and audience acclaim and returns there in 2023!


Richard Marsh – WRITER (also PERFORMER for tour dates)
Darrel Bailey – PERFORMER (for all Edinburgh Fringe dates)
Hal Chambers – DIRECTOR

Presented by James Seabright

“Epically entertaining show is a love letter to a masterpiece”
The Times


Tour Dates

3 - 27 Aug
18 Sep
Assembly Rooms
19 Sep
Royal and Derngate
21 Sep
The Mill Arts Centre
23 Sep
Chipping Norton Theatre
26 Sep
The Lowry
28 Sep
Mercury Theatre
1 Oct
City Varieties Music Hall
2 Oct
Harrogate Theatre
3 Oct
Theatre By The Lake
5 Oct
The Old Laundry Theatre
9 Oct
New Wolsey Theatre
12 Oct
Garrick Theatre
13 Oct
Plowright Theatre
14 Oct
The Rep


Writer and Performer

Richard Marsh

Richard’s one-man show Skittles was commissioned for Radio 4 as Love & Sweets, and won Best Scripted Comedy in the BBC Audio Drama Awards. Dirty Great Love Story (co-written and -performed with Katie Bonna) won a Fringe First in Edinburgh before transferring to New York then the West End. Wingman sold out in Edinburgh before touring and is being developed with Big Talk for UK TV and then with CBS Studios for American TV. It has yet to be on actual TV. Richard created Radio 4 poetry sitcom Cardboard Heart, starring alongside Phil Daniels, Olivia Poulet, Jemima Rooper, Rebecca Scroggs, Russell Tovey and Sam Troughton. Richard is currently developing various TV projects and writing a musical adaptation of classic indie movie Son of Rambow (with Miranda Cooper and Nick Coler of Girls Aloud fame). He is a former London poetry slam champion.

Alternate Performer

Darrel Bailey

Darrel is a West Midlands actor who trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and most recently performed in Small Island (National). Other credits include As You Like It, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Orsino / Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night (Open Bar), Oedipus (Almeida), Alice in Wonderland (Brockwell Park), Much Ado About Nothing (St Paul’s, Covent Garden), and an immersive production of One Hundred Trillion (Dot Collective). Darrel has previously starred in Shadow and Bone (Netflix), Eastenders (BBC), and in several short films including Role, Fixing War In Post, A&E, and The Zero Hour.

Director and Dramaturg

Hal Chambers

Hal trained at Bristol Old Vic and National Theatre Studio. As Director, his credits include The Ballad of Maria Marten (Stephen Joseph, Eastern Angles, & UK tour)

Michael Morpurgo’s Shakespeare Tales (RSC), Hansel and Gretel, A Christmas Carol (South Street Arts), Henry V (Barn, Cirencester), The Bear (Polka, UK and world tours), Ruff Guide to Shakespeare (Bristol Old Vic, Tour, & Edinburgh Fringe), Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs: The Magic Cutlass (Southbank Centre, UK tour, & West End), The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart (Eastern Angles & UK tour), The Lights (Royal Court & Oxford School of Drama), Leaper: A Fish Tale (Lyric Hammersmith & UK tour), Vanity Fair (Middle Temple Hall), Tommy Foggo: Superhero (UK tour), Ragnarok (Eastern Angles), Helver’s Night (York Theatre Royal); The Magical Playroom (UK tour), Jackajack, Tim & Light (UK tour); Sam Rose in the Shadows, The Golden Cowpat (Greenwich & UK tour).

Movement and Associate Director

Emma Webb

Emma Webb is a movement director, teacher and performer. She trained at RCSSD and has worked with Justice in Motion, Red Dog Theatre, Oxford Playhouse, Pegasus Theatre, Old Fire Station Oxford, Creation Theatre, as well as with numerous community organisations. She is currently teaching with Bristol School of Acting and co-directing The Government Inspector with Clive Mendus of Complicité. 

Lighting Designer

Robbie Butler

Robbie trained at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He is an honorary life member of the Association of Lighting Designers, has been twice nominated for an Off West End Award for Best Lighting Design and was the winner of the 2015 ETC Award. Theatre includes The Gunpowder Plot Immersive Experience (Tower of London), Our Man In Havana (Watermill), MUSHY: Lyrically Speaking (Watford Palace & UK tour), The Happy Tragedy of Being Woke (Complicité - Edinburgh International Festival), The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Bolton Octagon at the Macron Stadium), The Selfish Giant (UK tour), Down and Out: Live (La Generale, Paris), Abandoman (Underbelly). Robbie’s Opera credits include The Angel Esmeralda (Guildhall), Isabeau (Opera Holland Park), Fidelio (Polish National Opera - Associate), Il Trovatore (The Royal Danish Opera & Teatro Real Madrid - Associate), The Enchanted Pig (HGO). www.robbiebutler.com

Sound Designer and composer

Ben Hudson

Ben is a music producer and sound designer who has soundtracked films for Adidas, Vogue Italia, Lexus, Google, Nokia, Stonewall and Unicef among others.

Working closely with anarchic theatre makers, In Bed With My Brother, he has created sound for their shows PRIME TIME (Barbican), Tricky Second Album (Edinburgh) and their breakout production, WE ARE IAN. Other theatre credits include BEIGE (Magna), Ragnarok (Eastern Angles), The Mozart Question (The Barn Theatre), Helver’s Night (York Theatre Royal) and The Snow QueenHansel & GretelHenry IMatilda The Empress, The Last Abbot (Rabble).


Voice and Accent Coach


Originally from Swansea, Alice is a Voice and Dialect Coach working in leading actor training institutions (including Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) and with professional performers and productions. Recent dialect support includes the short film Morning Star. Production support includes Sunday In The Park With George, Moon Licks (Richard Burton Company), Made in Dagenham, Spring Awakening, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (EDA/Factory Playhouse), Boudica (Unicorn/RBC). As an actor and voice over artist, Alice’s credits include The Crown, Casualty, Richard III and Henry VI (Wales Millennium Centre) and various commercial audiobooks.

“Whether you’re a Die Hard fan or not, it guarantees happy trails.”
“Epically entertaining show is a love letter to a masterpiece”
“Playful, inventive… genius creation.”
“You’d have to be as heartless as Hans Gruber not to be touched and uplifted.”
“An exciting, poetic dramedy gem… simply to Die Hard for.”
Scottish Mail
“Enjoyably silly physical comedy.”
"Excellent comic timing captivates”
"Fast, funny and thoroughly absorbing”
"Welcome treat this Christmas”
“Beg, borrow or crawl through rat-infested air ducts for a ticket to this brilliant parody.”
“Rollicking fun!”
“Fantastic …extraordinary.”
“What a lovely show… Richard Marsh delivers a spirited performance.”
“Absolutely glorious! His rhyming Bruce Willis is spot-on, but it's the concurrent love story that really pulls you in.”
British Comedy Guide


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