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4 Aug to 11 Sep 2021

National Theatre

A thrilling story of pride, glory and betrayal.
Paradise at National Theatre

Photography (Lesley Sharp) by Alex Telfer

Show details


Kae Tempest, the astonishing writer, recording artist and performer, forges an epic new take on Greek legend.

Philoctetes: once a celebrated wartime hero, now a wounded outcast on a desolate island.

When a young soldier appears, his hope of escape comes with suspicion.

And as an old enemy also emerges, he is faced with an even greater temptation: revenge.

Director Ian Rickson returns to the National Theatre following his acclaimed, sold-out runs of Translations.

The all-female company, including Lesley Sharp as Philoctetes, will perform amidst a dramatic wasteland designed by Rae Smith (War Horse, Barber Shop Chronicles).

Background information, advisory warnings

Age suitability: Not available

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Postal address:
South Bank
London SE1 9PX

Box office tel: 020 7452 3000

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Previews from:Wednesday 4 August 2021

Closes:Saturday 11 September 2021

Performance days & times

To be advised

To be advised

Running time: To be confirmed



Previews 4 & 5 August

£68, £48, £38, £30, £20

Previews 6 - 9 August

£80, £60, £40, £30, £20


Monday - Thursday eves, all matinees

£86, £66, £46, £36, £20

Friday & Saturday eves

£89, £69, £49, £39, £20

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Access information

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

Sat 4 September, 2.30pm preceded by a Touch Tour at 12.30pm

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

Wed 8 September, 8pm


Author: Kae Tempest
Director: Ian Rickson
Designer: Rae Smith
Fight director: Terry King
Movement: Coral Messam


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