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a new play by Tim Price
a co-production with Wales Millennium Centre

Booking and details

24 February — 11 May 2024
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The event location is

Olivier Theatre

National Theatre, South Bank, London SE1 9PX

View performances

Tue and Thu selected performances at 6.30pm

One man’s dream of the NHS

From campaigning at the coalfield to leading the battle to create the NHS, Aneurin ‘Nye’ Bevan is often referred to as the politician with greatest influence on our country without ever being Prime Minister.

Confronted with death, Nye’s deepest memories lead him on a mind-bending journey back through his life; from childhood to mining underground, Parliament and fights with Churchill in an epic Welsh fantasia.

Michael Sheen (Under Milk Wood) is Nye Bevan in this surreal and spectacular journey through the life and legacy of the man who transformed Britain’s welfare state. It’s written by Tim Price (Teh Internet is Serious Business) and directed by Rufus Norris (Small Island).


This production is supported by the Huo Family Foundation.

The commissioning of this play was generously supported by the Sir Peter Shaffer Charitable Foundation.

This play is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Plays Award.

Cast includes

Production team


Tim Price


Rufus Norris

Set Designer

Vicki Mortimer

Costume Designer

Kinnetia Isidore

Lighting Designer

Paule Constable

Paule Constable


Steven Hoggett

Steven Hoggett


Jess Williams

Jess Williams


Will Stuart

Sound Designer

Donato Wharton

Donato Wharton

Projection Designer

Jon Driscoll

Casting Director

Alastair Coomer CDG

Alastair Coomer CDG

Company Voice Work

Cathleen McCarron

Cathleen McCarron

Company Voice Work

Tamsin Newlands

Tamsin Newlands

Staff Director

Francesca Goodridge

Ticket prices

Monday – Thursday evenings and all matinees:
£20, £36, £46, £66, £86, £96

Friday & Saturday evenings:
£20, £39, £49, £69, £89, £99

Previews 24 February – 1 March:
£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: Thu 28 Mar, Thu 4 Apr, Tue 9 Apr and Tue 30 Apr.

Visit our Ticketing FAQs for information on how to book, ticket exchanges and more.

Prices may change according to demand

Please note: Lee Mengo will perform the role of Nye Bevan at these performances: Wed 27 March 2.15pm, Mon 1 April 7.30pm, Tue 2 April 7.30pm & Wed 3 April 2.15pm

Assisted performances


BSL Interpreted

Audio described

No Chilled performance available.

Sensory adapted

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.

Smart caption glasses

Are planned to be available for performances of Nye from 7.30pm, Thursday 14 March.

Photography (Michael Sheen) by Rachel Louise Brown.
Art direction and design by National Theatre Graphic Design Studio.