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My Brilliant Friend - Part 1/Part 2 archiveA two-part dramatization of Elena Ferrante's celebrated Neapolitan quartet of novels. This modern family saga chronicles the lives of friends, Elena and Lila, following them from their childhoods in a poor, tough neighbourhood of Naples, through passionate love affairs, burgeoning careers and family struggles. But even as life repeatedly tries to pull the two in separate directions, Elena and Lila remain inextricably bound to one another. A powerful story of love, violence, sex, ambition, genius and self-destruction, the two-part play is an exploration not just of female friendship and rivalry, but of Italy after the war and the decades of political turmoil and cultural change that followed. This stage adaptation condenses Ferrante's four novels (My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, The Story of the Lost Child) into one play presented in two parts. Audiences will be able to see both parts in one day, or on separate days.


Justin Avoth, Adam Burton, Niamh Cusack (Lenu), Catherine McCormack (Lila), Victoria Moseley, Emily Mytton, Ira Mandela Siobhan, Badria Timimi, Emily Wachter, Toby Wharton


Book by: Elena Ferrante
Adapted by: April De Angelis
Producer(s): Rose Kingston, National Theatre
Director(s): Melly Still, Sarah Dowling (movement director), Rachel Bown-Williams of RC Annie Ltd), Ruth Cooper-Brown (of RC Annie Ltd), Charlotte Sutton (CDG - casting director), Bryony Jarvis-Taylor (casting director)
Design: Soutra Gilmour
Music: Jim Fortune
Lighting: Malcolm Rippeth
Sound: Jon Nicholls

My Brilliant Friend - Part 1/Part 2

My Brilliant Friend - Part 1/Part 2 (Play) production archive for QTIX code T1885687809. Details of all My Brilliant Friend - Part 1/Part 2 archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S0490639720

Archive Listings

12 Nov 19
22 Feb 20
Olivier (National Theatre)
West End, Greater London
Performance Details => Venue archive


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