Jack Absolute Flies Again

Staged to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, Thea Sharrock (After The Dance) directs a riotous new comedy based on Sheridan's The Rivals, co-written by Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guvnors) and Oliver Chris.
Jack Absolute Flies Again at the National Theatre

Illustration by The Red Dress


Genre: Comedy
Venue: National Theatre
Starts: Wednesday 15 April 2020
Running time:To be confirmed
Age suitability: Not available

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Talks and Events:

Designing Jack Absolute Wed 6 May, 6pm, £9/£6

Writers Richard Bean and Oliver Chris Fri 8 May, 6pm, £9/£6

Playwriting at the NT with Richard Bean Sat 16 May, 10.30am - 1pm, £40/£25

Hurricane (film screening) Mon 18 May, 5.30pm, £6/£4

Making the Show: Jack Absolute Tue 16 June, 2pm, £35/£20/£7.5

Mrs Malaprop Goes to War Thu 18 June, 6pm, £9/£6

Image credit:

Illustration by The Red Dress.

Art direction and design by National Theatre Graphic Design


Love is in the air.

July 1940.

After an aerial dog fight, Pilot Officer Jack Absolute flies home to rejoin his intrepid young Hurricane squadron at RAF Fontwell (formerly Malaprop Hall, East Sussex).

Back on British soil, Jack is shocked to find his old flame, Lydia, on the base.

Setting his sights on winning her heart, Jack's advances turn to anarchy when the young heiress demands to be loved on her own terms.

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Previews from:Wednesday 15 April 2020

Press night:Tuesday 28 April 2020

Closes:No date announced.

Performance days & times

To be advised

To be advised


15 - 27 April - £69, £49 - £15


Monday - Thursday eves, all matinees:

£86, £66, £57, £46, £32, £15

Friday & Saturday eves:

£89, £69, £60, £52, £35, £18

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Access information

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

Fri 19 June, 7.30pm

Sat 20 June, 2pm preceded by a Touch Tour at 12.30pm

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

Sat 23 May, 2pm

Tue 16 June, 7.30pm


James Corrigan

Laurie Davidson

Richard Fleeshman

Jordan Metcalfe

Caroline Quentin

Natalie Simpson

Helena Wilson


Author: Richard Bean and Oliver Chris, based on Richard Brinsley Sheridan's The Rivals
Composer: Adrian Johnston
Director: Thea Sharrock
Designer: Mark Thompson
Lighting: Bruno Poet
Sound: Paul Arditti
Video designer: Jeff Sugg

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