No Exit is a 1944 existentialist French play by Jean-Paul Sartre. The play was first performed at the Theatre du Vieux-Colombier in May 1944. It begins with three characters who find themselves waiting in a mysterious room. It is a depiction of the afterlife in which three deceased characters are punished by being locked into a room together for eternity. It is the source of Sartre's especially famous phrase "L'enfer, c'est les autres" or "Hell is other people", a reference to Sartre's ideas about the look and the perpetual ontological struggle of being caused to see oneself as an object from the view of another conciousness.