The Welkin


Rural Suffolk, 1759. As the country waits for Halley's comet, Sally Poppy is sentenced to hang for a heinous murder. When she claims to be pregnant, a jury of 12 matrons are taken from their housework to decide whether she's telling the truth ...
The Welkin at the National Theatre

Photography (Maxine Peake and Ria Zmitrowicz) by Felicity McCabe


Overview


Genre: Drama
Venue: National Theatre
Starts: Wednesday 15 January 2020
Closes: Saturday 23 May 2020
Running time:To be confirmed
Age suitability: Not available

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Background


Lucy Kirkwood (Mosquitoes, Chimerica) returns to the National Theatre with her new play, directed by James Macdonald.


Maxine Peake (Black Mirror, Funny Cow) plays Lizzy, and Ria Zmitrowicz (The Doctor), Sally.


This play is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Plays Award.


Synopsis


One life in the hands of 12 women.


Rural Suffolk, 1759. As the country waits for Halley's comet, Sally Poppy is sentenced to hang for a heinous murder.


When she claims to be pregnant, a jury of 12 matrons are taken from their housework to decide whether she's telling the truth, or simply trying to escape the noose.


With only midwife Lizzy Luke prepared to defend the girl, and a mob baying for blood outside, the matrons wrestle with their new authority, and the devil in their midst.


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Dates


Previews from:Wednesday 15 January 2020

Press night:Wednesday 22 January 2020

Closes:Saturday 23 May 2020

Performance days & times


Evening:
Various ‑ check schedule for details.

Matinee:
Various - check schedule for details.

Tickets


Previews:
(15 - 21 January) £69, £49 - £15

Standard:

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 27 March, 7.30pm

Sat 28 March, 2.15pm preceded by a Touch Tour


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

Sat 22 February, 2.15pm

Mon 24 February, 7.30pm

Wed 26 February, 7.30pm


Cast


Natasha Cottriall

Daneka Etchells

Jenny Galloway

Haydn Gwynne

Zainab Hasan

Aysha Kala

Wendy Kweh

Philip McGinley

Cecilia Noble

Lizzy Luke

Maxine Peake

Dawn Sievewright

June Watson

Laurence Ubong Williams

Shaofan Wilson

Hara Yannas

Brigid Zengeni

Sally Poppy

Ria Zmitrowicz


Creatives


Author: Lucy Kirkwood
Director: James Macdonald
Designer: Bunny Christie
Lighting: Lee Curran
Sound: Carolyn Downing
Fight director: Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown of RC-A

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