Absolute Hell

3 star rating

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Bomb-blasted London. A Soho den in the hangover from World War II, where members drink into the darkness, night after night. Lying, fighting and seducing, these lost souls and bruised lovers struggle from the rubble of war towards an unknown future.
Absolute Hell at National Theatre

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Overview


Genre: Drama
Venue: National Theatre
Started: Wednesday 18 April 2018
Closed: Saturday 16 June 2018
Running time:3 hrs (inc 1 x 15 min interval and 5 min pause)
Age suitability: Not available

Background


Rodney Ackland's extraordinarily provocative play was condemned as 'a libel on the British people' when first performed in 1952.


Now it emerges as an intoxicating plunge into post-war Soho; full of despair and longing.


Joe Hill-Gibbins returns to the NT to direct a large ensemble in this new production.


Synopsis


An intoxicating plunge into post-war Soho.


Bomb-blasted London.


A Soho den in the hangover from World War II, where members drink into the darkness, night after night.


Lying, fighting and seducing, these lost souls and bruised lovers struggle from the rubble of war towards an unknown future.


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Dates


Previews from:Wednesday 18 April 2018

Press night:Wednesday 25 April 2018

Closes:Saturday 16 June 2018

Performance days & times


Evening:
Various ‑ check schedule for details.

Intervals:2

Matinee:
Various - check schedule for details.

Intervals:2

Tickets


Standard:
From £57

Access information


Audio‑described performances, for blind and visually impaired people:

Friday 18 May, 7pm

Saturday 19 May, 1.30pm preceded by a Touch Tour.


Captioned performances, for deaf and hard of hearing

Monday 14 May, 7pm

Tuesday 22 May, 1.30pm

Tuesday 12 June, 7pm

Wednesday 13 June, 7pm


Cast


Esh Alladi

Elizabeth Andrewartha

Ashley Byam

Jonathan Coote

Rachel Dale

Carole Dance

Joanna David

Charles Edwards

Patricia England

Kate Fleetwood

Jenny Galloway

Frazer Hadfield

Aaron Heffernan

Simon Hepworth

Lloyd Hutchinson

Martins Imhangbe

Stephanie Jacob

Fiz Marcus

Sinéad Matthews

Connor Mills

Prasanna Puwanarajah

Anita Reynolds

John Sackville

Liza Sadovy

Jonathan Slinger

Eileen Walsh

Danny Webb

Jade Yourell


Creatives


Author: Rodney Ackland
Director: Joe Hill-Gibbins
Set designer: Lizzie Clachan
Costume designer: Nicky Gillibrand
Musical direction: Harvey Brough
Lighting: Jon Clark
Sound: Paul Arditti
Movement: Jenny Ogilvie

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