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conceived by Simon McBurney
a co-production with Complicité

Booking and details

22 June — 10 August 2024
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The event location is

Olivier Theatre

National Theatre, South Bank, London SE1 9PX

Please note that using mobile phones in the auditorium is not allowed as a requirement for admission.

mnemonic / ni’monik / adj. 1. assisting or intended to assist memory; 2. of memory

A body is found in the ice, and a woman is looking for her father while a man searches for his lost lover.

This story is as much about origins as it is about memory, and remembering what is lost. Mnemonic asks: what is our place in the natural world? How have human relationships with the environment shaped patterns of migration? Who are we, and where do we come from?

25 years after its first staging, Complicité’s ‘Astonishing, transfixing, transcendent’ (New York Times) production returns to the National Theatre. Simon McBurney (Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead) directs.

‘I shall remember Mnemonic all my life’

Originally co-produced by the Salzburg Festival

Cast includes

Richard Katz photo portrait

Richard Katz

Kostas Philippoglou photo portrait

Kostas Phillippoglou

Production team


Simon McBurney

Set Designer

Michael Levine

Costume Designer

Christina Cunningham

Lighting Designer

Paul Anderson

Paul Anderson

Sound Designer

Christopher Shutt

Christopher Shutt

Video Designer

Roland Horvath for rocafilm

Casting Director

Alastair Coomer CDG

Alastair Coomer CDG

Associate Director

Christina Deinsberger

Associate Set Designer

Peter Butler

Peter Butler

Originally devised by the company

Ticket prices

Monday – Saturday evenings and matinees:
£20, £34, £49, £69, £89

Previews 22 – 28 June:
£20, £26, £35, £49, £64

For concessions and discounts, see Ways to save

Please note the 6.30pm start time on the following performances: Tue 23 Jul, Thu 25 Jul, Thu 1 Aug and Tue 6 Aug.

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Prices may change according to demand

Assisted performances


BSL Interpreted

Audio described

Chilled performance

The interpreter 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 assisted performances above are shown as “Sold Out”, tickets may still be available: Please log in to your account to view all available tickets, or call Box Office on 020 7452 3961

Smart caption glasses

Will not be available for performances of Mnemonic.



Mnemonic (2024) Composite images from Avinash Kumar and Plainpicture / Millennium / Alicja Brodowicz.