Hansard


It's a summer's morning in 1988 and Tory politician Robin Hesketh has returned home to the idyllic Cotswold house he shares with his wife of 30 years, Diana. But all is not as blissful as it seems.
Hansard at National Theatre

Photo (Alex Jennings and Lindsay Duncan) by Jay Brooks


Overview


Genre: Drama
Venue: National Theatre
Started: Thursday 22 August 2019
Running time:To be confirmed
Age suitability: Not available

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Background


Simon Godwin (Antony & Cleopatra) directs Simon Woods' witty and devastating portrait of the governing class.


Lindsay Duncan and Alex Jennings, both two-time Olivier Award winners, return to the National Theatre to play Diana and Robin.


Production supported by Marcia Grand in loving memory of Richard Grand, Leila Maw Straus and Shawn M. Donnelley & Christopher M. Kelly.


Synopsis


Hansard; noun

The official report of all parliamentary debates.


It's a summer's morning in 1988 and Tory politician Robin Hesketh has returned home to the idyllic Cotswold house he shares with his wife of 30 years, Diana.


But all is not as blissful as it seems.


Diana has a stinking hangover, a fox is destroying the garden, and secrets are being dug up all over the place.


As the day draws on, what starts as gentle ribbing and the familiar rhythms of marital sparring quickly turns to blood-sport.


A witty and devastating new play.


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Dates


Previews from:Thursday 22 August 2019

Press night:Tuesday 3 September 2019

Closes:No date announced.

Performance days & times


Evening:
Various ‑ check schedule for details.

Matinee:
Various - check schedule for details.

Tickets


Previews:

Previews 22 - 28 August

£67, £47 - £15


Standard:

Monday - Thursday eves, all matinees

£84, £64, £55, £45, £32, £15


Friday & Saturday eves

£88, £68, £59, £49, £34, £18


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Access information


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

Fri 11 October, 7.30pm

Sat 12 October, 2.15pm preceded by a Touch Tour


Captioned performances, for deaf or hard‑of‑hearing people:

Mon 14 October, 7.30pm

Tue 22 October, 7.30pm


Cast


Diana Hesketh - Lindsay Duncan

Robin Hesketh - Alex Jennings


Creatives


Author: Simon Woods
Composer: Michael Bruce
Director: Simon Godwin
Set designer: Hildegard Bechtler
Lighting: Hildegard Bechtler
Jackie Shemesh
Sound: Christopher Shutt
Movement: Shelley Maxwell

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