The Barn Theatre, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire


By Patrick Marber
Directed by Ian Colpitts
31st May – 3rd June 2023 at 8pm

Duration: 2hrs, 20 minutes with one interval.

A raw and intense exploration of modern love and betrayal

It’s a deeply twisted story of two men who woo, discard and swap girlfriends.

Time Out, July 2022

This amateur production of 'Closer' is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd.

Patrick Marber’s play Closer is a poignant and intense exploration of modern love and betrayal. The play follows the intertwining lives of four characters over four and a half years, revealing the intricacies and complexities of their relationships. The characters are Alice, a young American stripper; Dan, a failed novelist turned obituary writer; Anna, an enigmatic photographer; and Larry, a dermatologist. The play comprises 12 intense scenes that showcase the raw emotions and desires of each character.

Set in London at the end of the 20th century, Closer begins with Dan rescuing Alice after she’s hit by a car. The two embark on a passionate love affair, but Dan soon meets Anna and becomes infatuated with her. Anna is hesitant at first, but eventually succumbs to Dan’s advances and they begin a relationship. Meanwhile, Larry, who’s never met any of the other characters, meets Anna online and they begin an affair as well.

As the play progresses, the characters become more entangled in each other’s lives and the relationships become increasingly complex. Betrayals and secrets abound, and the characters are forced to confront the harsh realities of love and lust.

Throughout the play, Marber’s writing is spare and intense, capturing the raw emotions and desires of the characters with precision and sensitivity. The dialogue is at times coarse and obscene, but always calls for real vulnerability and sensitivity in the acting.

Closer premiered at the National Theatre in 1997, where it won the Olivier Award for Best New Play. It went on to be a critical and commercial success on Broadway, winning several Tony Awards including Best Play. The play has been produced around the world, and was adapted into a film in 2004 starring Julia Roberts, Natalie Portman, Clive Owen and Jude Law.


Directed by
Ian Colpitts


It’s a deeply twisted story of two men who woo, discard and swap girlfriends.

Time Out, July 2022

A modern classic, comparable to Pinter’s Betrayal.

Evening Standard, July 2022

Patrick Marber’s 1997 play has lost none of its pulling power

Daily Express, July 2022

Part psychological mystery, part erotic social comedy, it remains a provocative exploration of social mores.

Daily Express, 2022

Patrick Marber’s searing follow-up to Dealer’s Choice establishes him as the leading playwright of his generation.

Independent on Sunday

Love and sex are like politics: it’s not what you say that matters, still less what you mean, but what you do. Patrick Marber understands this perfectly, and in Closer he has written one of the best plays of sexual politics in the language.

Sunday Times

The plotting is intricate, the dialogue stark and stabbing.

Mail on Sunday


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Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Statement

At the Barn we are committed to promoting equality and challenging discrimination in all its forms. We strive to create a safe and inclusive environment for all members of the cast and creative team, regardless of their race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity and will not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment.


We acknowledge that Closer explores complex themes of love, sex, and relationships that can be influenced by factors such as race, gender and sexuality. While the playwright does not specify any particular casting characteristics as crucial to the narrative of the story, we will strive to ensure that our production does not perpetuate harmful stereotypes or prejudices while also preserving the original intentions of the playwright and allowing space for creativeness and artistic interpretation. We welcome actors of all ages, ethnicities and genders to audition; we will cast the play with complete neutrality on race/ethnicity; and we will remain open to artistic judgment to achieve the most diverse cast possible.

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