a co-production with DV8 Physical Theatre

a work conceived and directed by Lloyd Newson

30 October 2014 – 13 January 2015

‘Explosive. Magnificently performed.’

‘Powerfully absorbing. Physically fuelled.’
Evening Standard

JOHN, a co-production with DV8 Physical Theatre. Photo of Hannes Langolf by Ben Hopper


‘Bold, involving and utterly unique. Hannes Langolf's central performance is simply devastating in its impact and empathy.’
Daily Telegraph

Lover. Criminal. Father. Arsonist. Graduate. Charmer. Survivor.

This powerful new verbatim work by DV8 Physical Theatre follows the extraordinary life story of one man. John.

After years of crime, drug use and struggling to survive, John’s desire for a new life leads him to a place unknown by most.

Based on frank interviews conducted by DV8’s Artistic Director, Lloyd Newson, JOHN combines spoken word with movement to create a touching and poignant theatrical experience.

DV8 return to the National Theatre following their internationally-acclaimed productions To Be Straight With You and Can We Talk About This?

...and that’s why I come here, because it’s another door that’s opened, you never know where this is gonna lead.

Contains adult themes, strong language and nudity. Suitable for 16yrs+

Please note: the performances will begin promptly and latecomers will not be admitted. We therefore ask that patrons take their seats in good time.

Related events:

Platform talk
Lloyd Newson, Thursday 8 January, 6pm

Clore Learning Centre
In Context: DV8 Physical Theatre, Wednesday 12 November, 2 – 4.30pm
With Ankur Bahl, Lloyd Newson and Sita Popat

National Theatre Live

Broadcast to cinemas on 9 December at 8pm

JOHN is co-produced by the National Theatre, Biennale de la Danse de Lyon, Théâtre de la Ville and Festival d’Automne Paris, Dansens Hus Stockholm, Dansens Hus Oslo and DV8 Physical Theatre.

Photo (Hannes Langolf) by Hugo Glendinning

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