My Brilliant Friend


When the most important person in her life goes missing without a trace, Lenu Greco, now a celebrated author, begins to recall a relationship of more than 60 years.
My Brilliant Friend at National Theatre

Photography (Catherine McCormack and Niamh Cusack) by Jillian Edelstein


Overview


Genre: Drama
Venue: National Theatre
Started: Tuesday 12 November 2019
Closes: Saturday 22 February 2020
Running time:To be confirmed
Age suitability: Not available

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Background


Following a sold-out run at Rose Theatre Kingston, the acclaimed two-part adaptation by April De Angelis (Jumpy) is reworked for the Olivier stage by Melly Still (Coram Boy).


Niamh Cusack and Catherine McCormack return to play Lenu and Lila.


Synopsis


Based on the celebrated novels by Elena Ferrante - published in over 50 countries - My Brilliant Friend is an epic story of love, violence, ambition and self-destruction.


When the most important person in her life goes missing without a trace, Lenu Greco, now a celebrated author, begins to recall a relationship of more than 60 years.


First meeting on the dangerous streets of postwar Naples, friends Lila and Lenu experience turbulent social and political change, from the rise of the Camorra to the sexual revolution and the transformation of their neighbourhood, city and nation.


Even as life repeatedly tries to pull them in separate directions, they remain inextricably bound to one another.


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Dates


Previews from:Tuesday 12 November 2019

Press night:Tuesday 26 November 2019

Closes:Saturday 22 February 2020

Performance days & times


Evening:
Various ‑ check schedule for details.

Matinee:
Various - check schedule for details.

Tickets


Previews:

Parts One and Two - separate dates

Previews 12 - 25 November

£69, £49 - £15


On two-show days, combined tickets for both parts only are available

Previews 16, 20, 23 November

£138, £98 - £30


Standard:

Parts One and Two - separate dates

Monday - Thursday eves, all matinees

£86, £66, £57, £46, £32, £15

Friday & Saturday eves

£89, £69, £60, £52, £35, £20


On two-show days, combined tickets for both parts only are available

Monday - Thursday performances

£172, £132, £114, £92, £64, £30

Friday & Saturday performances

£178, £138, £120, £104, £70, £40


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Access information


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

Two show days (Parts One & Two): Sat 4 January, 2pm preceded by a Touch Tour & 7.30pm

Part Two: Tue 14 January, 2pm


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

Two show days (Parts One & Two): Sat 21 December, 2pm

Two show days (Parts One & Two): Sat 28 December, 2pm

Part One: Mon 6 January, 7.30pm

Part Two: Wed 15 January, 7.30pm


Cast


Justin Avoth

Adam Burton

Niamh Cusack

Martin Hyder

Catherine McCormack

Victoria Moseley

Emily Mytton

Jonah Russell

Ira Mandela Siobhan

Badria Timimi

Emily Wachter

Toby Wharton


Creatives


Author: 

Based on Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels

Adapted by April De Angelis


Composer: Jim Fortune
Director: Melly Still
Designer: Soutra Gilmour
Lighting: Malcolm Rippeth
Sound: Jon Nicholls
Fight director: Rachel Bown-Williams of RC-ANNIE Ltd
Ruth C
Movement: Sarah Dowling
Production: Co-production with Rose Theatre Kingston

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