• Adam Kay

    A BAFTA-winning, multi-million-bestselling author, TV writer and performer.

    Picture of Adam Kay wearing a white t-shirt and jeans, on a red background. Photograph by Charlie Clift.
  • 2024 UK live tour - Undoctored

    The best-selling show of Edinburgh Fringe 2023 is coming to a theatre somewhere near-ish you, following a sell-out West End season. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll wish he'd stop telling the degloving story.

    Edinburgh Playhouse

    17th August 2024 5:30 & 8:30pm

    Grand Theatre

    15th September 2024


    17th September 2024

    Marlowe Theatre

    22nd September 2024


    24th September 2024

    Victoria Hall

    3rd October 2024

    Floral Pavilion

    4th October 2024

    Fareham Live

    6th October 2024

    Forum Theatre

    18th October 2024

    White Rock Theatre

    20th October 2024

    Venue Cymru

    22nd October 2024

    Belgrade Theatre

    28th October 2024

    Regent Theatre

    9th November 2024

    New Wimbledon Theatre

    18th November 2024


    21st November 2024

    Corn Exchange

    24th November 2024

    St George's Hall

    27th November 2024


    30th November 2024

    Dorking Halls

    11th December 2024


    13th December 2024

  • Christmas Show - Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas

    A love letter to all those who spend the most wonderful time of the year on the NHS front line, removing babies and baubles from the various places they get stuck.

    Rose Theatre

    18-19th December 2024

  • Books

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    Cover of Amy Get Eaten

    Learn about everything ever invented from the daft to the disgusting to the downright dangerous.

    Cover of This is Going to Hurt

    Were three million book-buyers wrong? You decide.

    Cover of This is Going to Hurt - TV tie-in edition

    For people who only buy books with Ben Whishaw on the cover. Includes a brand new introduction.

    Cover of Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas

    The perfect surgical-stocking filler.

    Cover of Dear NHS

    100 famous names writing about the NHS. All profits to NHS Charities Together and The Lullaby Trust - £400k and counting.

    Cover of Undoctored

    Both the prequel and the sequel to This is Going to Hurt, about medical school and life after medicine.

    Cover of Kay's Anatomy

    Aged 7-12* and want to know how the human body works? You've come to the right place. (*Or a parent who never quite understood.)

    Cover of Kay's Marvellous Medicine

    Why did hairdressers cut off their customers' legs? Why did patients gargle with wee? This disgusting/informative book explains it all.

    Cover of Kay's Brilliant Brains

    For World Book Day 2023, learn about ten ingenious geniuses.

    Cover of Amy Get Eaten

    The first picture book from Adam Kay and Henry Paker. About a piece of sweetcorn going on a poo-normous adventure.

  • Biography

    Adam Kay is a BAFTA-winning author, TV writer, comedian and former junior doctor. His first book, This is Going to Hurt, spent over a year at number one in the Sunday Times bestseller list, was translated into 37 languages, won ten national awards, and sold over three million copies. His subsequent adult nonfiction books, Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas and Undoctored were also Sunday Times number one bestsellers. He edited Dear NHS: 100 Stories to Say Thank You, raising over £400,000 for charity. He is also one of the country's bestselling children's authors, with books including Kay's Anatomy (the fastest selling kids' non-fiction book of the decade), Kay's Marvellous Medicine, Kay's Brilliant Brains, Kay's Incredible Inventions and picture book Amy Gets Eaten. His books have sold over five million copies in total.


    As a live performer, Adam has sold-out numerous West End seasons and UK tours. His tour of This is Going to Hurt was attended by over 300,000 people and Undoctored was the bestselling show of the 2023 Edinburgh Fringe.


    Adam's awards for TV writing include BAFTA and Writers Guild awards for adapting This is Going to Hurt for the BBC and AMC. He is a columnist for the Sunday Times, and a proud patron of The Lullaby Trust, The Laura Hyde Foundation and Doctors in Distress, with whom he is the founder of the National Memorial Tree Planting Campaign for healthcare workers who have lost their lives by suicide.

  • Contact

    For TV appearances / live / corporate work

    Lee Martin



    For books / journalism

    Cath Summerhayes



    For TV / film writing

    Jess Cooper



    For press enquiries

    Dusty Miller


    07955 904 482