by Dodie Smith
The family, from whose tentacles we can never quite escape
When a golden wedding anniversary reunites the Randolph family on the eve of WWII, Dora and Charles must reckon with the adults their children have become. Their children, meanwhile, are haunted by the memory of the family they once were.
As the weekend’s celebrations unfold, the family walks a tightrope between intimacy and estrangement, camaraderie and rivalry, love and hate.
Heartbreaking and joyful, this captivating revival of Dodie Smith’s (I Capture the Castle) play is a moving dissection of family and what it means to grow up and return home.
Lindsay Duncan (Hansard) plays Dora in this beautiful, contemporary production, directed by Emily Burns (Jack Absolute Flies Again).
Set and Costume Designer
For the National: Blues for an Alabama Sky and Shakespeare for young audiences: Hamlet
For the National: The Father and the Assassin, Kerry Jackson, Tartuffe, The Great Wave, Ugly Lies the Bone, The Motherf*cker with the Hat, The Holy Rosenbergs and Happy Now
Tingying Dong grew up in Beijing and studied in the Netherlands before moving to the UK. She trained at LAMDA and is a sound designer, composer and theatre-maker.
Company Voice Work
Shereen Ibrahim is a voice and dialect coach.
Company Voice Work
Monday – Thursday evenings and all matinees:
£20, £36, £46, £66, £86, £96
Friday & Saturday evenings:
£20, £39, £49, £69, £89, £99
Previews 7 – 12 February:
£20, £30, £36, £46, £56, £76
For concessions and discounts, see Ways to save
Please note the 6.30pm start time on the following performances: Tue 20 Feb, Thu 29 Feb, Tue 5 Mar and Thu 14 Mar.
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The signer for the BSL performance will be announced closer to the performance date.
Audio-described performances are preceded by a Touch Tour, 90 minutes before the performance start time. Call the Access line on 020 7452 3961 to book Touch Tours.
We have an allocation of tickets held for members of our Access scheme and if any of the Access performances above are shown as “Sold Out”, tickets may still be available: Please log in to your account to access them, or call Box Office on 020 7452 3961
Are planned to be available for performances of Dear Octopus from 7.30pm, Wednesday 21 February.
Photography (Lindsay Duncan) by Kelvin Murray.