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About Bitter Pill.

Max Elton and Hew Rous-Eyre formed Bitter Pill in 2015. Since, Bitter Pill has worked with a number of theatres in London including The Finborough, The King's Head, Tristan Bates.

Big Brother Blitzkrieg, a satire that placed Adolf Hitler in the Big Brother House opened at The King's Head Theatre in January 2016 and completed a second four week run in June of the same year. 

In December 2017, Bitter Pill produced Israel Zangwill's The Melting Pot for the first time in London for 80 years at The Finborough Theatre

In September 2019, Bitter Pill returned to The King's Head Theatre with Hew Rous-Eyre's production of Stripped.


The Guardian "Max Elton's excellent production is alert to the play's topicality"

★★★★ The Arts Desk "Elton's direction dollar production deserves a bigger stage"

Bitter Pill produces theatre that aims to tell personal stories against the backdrop of nation-changing and global events. Bitter Pill believes the only way to tackle any subject is to first entertain in order to engage. Our work with never seek to lecture unless it has first made people laugh. 

Max Elton

Max is a writer and director. Since forming Bitter Pill Theatre alongside Hew Rous-Eyre he has directed a number of productions including The Melting Pot (The Finborough Theatre), Big Brother Blitzkrieg (King’s Head Theatre), Leftovers by Hew Rous Eyre (Tristan Bates Theatre) and Trevor’s House by Bob Rodgers (Tabard Theatre). 

Outside of Bitter Pill Max has directed End of Hope by David Ireland (Soho Theatre).


Max has also assisted on a number of productions including Sheppey with Paul Miller (Orange Tree Theatre), Madame Rubinstein with Jez Bond (Park Theatre) and The Drunken City (Tabard Theatre). Max completed his formal training on the Theatre Directing MA at the Orange Tree Theatre in association with the St Mary’s University.


Hew Rous-Eyre

Hew is a writer and director. Since forming Bitter Pill Theatre alongside Max Elton he has written and directed Big Brother Blitzkrieg (King's Head Theatre) and written Leftovers (Tristan Bates Theatre). Hew also Directed Trevor's House by Bob Rodgers (Tabard Theatre)

As part of Xavier Project's commission that led to Leftovers, Hew spent 3 months working for the charity, based in Nairobi. Before running at the Tristan Bates Theatre it was shortlisted for the Adrian Pagan Award.


Another of Hew's plays, Pariah, was longisted for the Terrence Rattigan Prize. 


Hew is a member of the Soho Theatre's Writers Lab.



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