VenueOlivier (National Theatre)
TownWest End
CountyGreater London
From18th October 2011
Opened25th October 2011
To8th January 2012
WhenOct 18,19,20,21,22,24,26, Nov 1,2,3,10,11,12,14, Dec 2,3,5,6,13,14,15,16,17,28,29, Jan12 5,6,7 at 19:30. Oct 25 at 19:00. Nov 2,12, Dec 3,15,17,29, Jan12 7 Mats 14:00. Dec 4, Jan12 8 Mats 14:30
PricesFrom £12.00. To £30.00.
What is currently on at Olivier (National Theatre) (V373)
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Morning in London, Autumn 2011. Across the city, people wake up from an identical, terrifying dream. At the same moment, a young man named John returns home after years away to find economic gloom, ineffective protest, and a Prime Minister about to declare war. But John has a vision for the future and his ideas inspire an increasing number of followers. With conflict looming in the Middle East, their protest takes them to the centre of the city, to the heart of government, where coincidences, omens and visions collide with political reality. Set in a dark and magical landscape of singing pensioners, fanatical atheists and imminent apocalypse, Mike Bartlett's new play depicts a London both familiar and strange, a London staring into the void. In a year which has seen governments fall and hundreds of thousands take to the streets, 13 explores the meaning of personal responsibility, the hold that the past has over the future and the nature of belief itself.
Author Mike Bartlett

Archive :: production:T262780163, play:S21716042, venue:V373

Production details

World Premiere. Running time: 2hrs 45mins including interval Sponsored by Travelex £12 Tickets

Special Performances

  • 3 Dec 11 Audio Described
  • 5 Dec 11 Audio Described
  • 6 Jan 12 Open Captioned (STAGETEXT)


Producer National Theatre
Director Thea Sharrock
Design Tom Scutt
Lighting Mark Henderson
Sound Ian Dickinson
Music Adrian Johnston
Director Steve Kirkham (movement)
Performer Matthew Barker
Performer Nick Blakeley
Performer Katie Brayben
Performer Natasha Broomfield
Performer Kirsty Bushell
Performer Martin Chamberlain
Performer Grace Cooper Milton
Performer Trystan Gravelle
Performer Jadie-Rose Hobson
Performer Adam James
Performer Geraldine James
Performer Sioned Jones
Performer Barbara Kirby
Performer Esther McAuley
Performer Genevieve O'Reilly
Performer Lara Rossi
Performer Helen Ryan
Performer Nick Sidi
Performer Zara Tempest-Walters
Performer Danny Webb
Performer John Webber
Performer Shane Zaza

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