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VenueOlivier (National Theatre)
TownWest End
CountyGreater London
From12th November 2019
Opened26th November 2019
To22nd February 2020
WhenPart One: Nov 12, 13, 15, 19, 21, 25, 28, Dec 4, 20, Jan 6, 9, 13, 14, 16, 20, Feb 17, 20 at 19:30. Part Two: Nov 14, 22, 27, Dec 6, Jan 7, 10, 15, 17, 21, Feb 18, 21 at 19:30. Part Two Mat Jan 14 at 14:00. Two Show Days: Nov 16, 20, 23, Dec 5, 7, 21, 23, 27, 28, 30, Jan 2, 3, 4, 8, 11, 18, 21, Feb 19, 22 at 14:00. Nov 26 at 13:30. Nov 26 Mat 13:30. Jan 4 at 19:30
What is currently on at Olivier (National Theatre) (V373)

My Brilliant Friend

My Brilliant FriendT1885687809
A 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.
Book by Elena Ferrante
Adapted by April De Angelis

Archive :: production:T1885687809, play:S0490639720, venue:V373

Part 1/Part 2

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.

Special Performances

  • 21 Dec 19 Captioned
  • 28 Dec 19 Captioned
  • 4 Jan 20 Touch Tour Before the Audio Described performance
  • 4 Jan 20 Audio Described
  • 4 Jan 20 Audio Described
  • 6 Jan 20 Captioned
  • 14 Jan 20 Audio Described
  • 15 Jan 20 Captioned


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Producer Rose Kingston
Producer National Theatre
Director Melly Still
Design Soutra Gilmour
Music Jim Fortune
Lighting Malcolm Rippeth
Sound Jon Nicholls
Director Sarah Dowling (movement director)
Director Rachel Bown-Williams of RC Annie Ltd)
Director Ruth Cooper-Brown (of RC Annie Ltd)
Director Charlotte Sutton (CDG - casting director)
Director Bryony Jarvis-Taylor (casting director)
Performer Justin Avoth
Performer Adam Burton
Performer Niamh Cusack (Lenu)
Performer Catherine McCormack (Lila)
Performer Victoria Moseley
Performer Emily Mytton
Performer Ira Mandela Siobhan
Performer Badria Timimi
Performer Emily Wachter
Performer Toby Wharton
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