4000 Days

by  Peter Quilter

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  2m, 1f

What would you do if you forgot the last decade of your life? After a blood clot unexpectedly formed in his brain, Michael has been in a coma for three weeks. Watching over him in hospital is his bitter mother Carol and his dull but well-meaning partner Paul. They are united in their grief over Michael, and in their intense dislike of each other.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 1f
  • Duration


    105 Minutes
  • Accolades


  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

When Michael wakes, they realize that 11 years of his memory have been completely erased. He remembers nothing of the last 4000 days. He remembers nothing of Paul. It is as though the relationship never existed.

Paul must now fight to bring Michael’s memory back while Carol fights to remove him from their lives completely. Michael, still charming and witty, concentrates his recovery on creating a giant mural on the back wall of his hospital room. An expression of his loss, his hopes, and his desire to live his life as the man he was 11 years ago, not the man he has become.


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"A script that abounds with wintry wit and emotional intensity." - The Telegraph 

"An intriguing amnesiac drama." - The Guardian 

"Spiced with bouts of wit that get loud laughs from the audience." - British Theatre 

"Sharp one-liners, interesting questions and stimulating ideas." - Financial Times


Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
  • Tours


  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting:

    A room in a private hospital.

  • Additional Features: Multimedia
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


2m, 1f

CAROL – Michael’s mother, 60’s/70’s. Waspish and difficult, with a dry sense of humour. Hides her deep feelings behind a cool veneer. 
PAUL – In his 40’s/50’s. A pleasant gay man with a good heart, but perhaps a little ordinary and lacking in passion.
MICHAEL – Carol’s son, 40’s/50’s. Charming and artistic, with natural wit and intelligence.

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast

Casting Notes

The age of the characters is flexible. Michael and Paul can be in their 30’s, 40’s or 50’s. Carol can be in her 50’s, 60’s or 70’s, depending on the age of Michael.




Peter Quilter

Peter Quilter’s plays have been produced in forty countries around the world and translated into thirty languages. He has had three successful shows in London’s West End, a hit run on Broadway, and has twice been nominated for the Olivier Award - for Best New Play and Best New Comedy. His work has been produced at som ...

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4000 Days premiered at the Park Theatre in London in January 2016.

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