News from The National Theatre

The Doctor’s Dilemma opens 17 July

Disturbingly funny and psychologically incisive, Bernard Shaw’s The Doctor’s Dilemma takes on, with an irreverent glee, the dubious ethics of the men who play God.

Harley Street doctor Sir Colenso Ridgeon’s revolutionary tuberculosis treatment is restricted to ten selected patients. Will he decide, along with his colleagues, to save the husband of the lovely Jennifer Dubedat?  But, once they have decided to treat the talented artist a colleague becomes in need of the treatment also.

Dilemma – who decides who will live and who will die? Indeed does anyone have the right to make the decision?

London Road – booking from 31st July

Given 5* reviews by Evening Standard, Financial Times, Independent, Independent on Sunday, Mail on Sunday, Metro, Sunday Express, Sunday Times, Time Out

‘Captivating… A startling, magically original success.’ Evening Standard

Following a sell-out season in the Cottesloe last year, the groundbreaking London Road returns for a strictly limited season in the Olivier this summer.

The production documents the events of 2006, when the quiet rural town of Ipswich was shattered by the discovery of the bodies of five women. Adam Cork’s music uses the melodic speech patterns captured on Alecky Blythe’s recorded interviews with the people of Ipswich to create this extraordinary work.

BEST MUSICAL – Critics’ Circle Award

Reviews are in for The Last of the Haussmans

5* reviews given by Daily Express, Daily Mail, Evening Standard, Financial Times, Independent on Sunday, Sunday Express, The Times

‘Stephen Beresford’s first play is a knockout – entertaining, sad and outrageous.’ Observer

‘Helen McCrory and Rory Kinnear, two of the finest actors of their generation’ New York Times

‘Julie Walters’s sense of comic timing is remarkable, a performance that mingles humour with great pathos.’ Daily Express

‘Howard Davies directs the crackling comic dialogue with great assurance.’ Sunday Times

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