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Underdog: The Other Other Brontë

a new play by Sarah Gordon
a co-production with Northern Stage

Booking and details

27 March — 25 May 2024
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The event location is

Dorfman Theatre

National Theatre, South Bank, London SE1 9PX

Reader, I think you know who is most quotable.

Charlotte Brontë has a confession about how one sister became an idol, and the other became known as the third sister. You know the one. No, not that one. The other, other one… Anne.

This is not a story about well-behaved women.

This is a story about the power of words. It’s about sisters and sisterhood, love and jealousy, support and competition.

Directed by Northern Stage Artistic Director Natalie Ibu (The White Card), Sarah Gordon’s (The Edit) new play is an irreverent retelling of the life and legend of the Brontë sisters, and the story of the sibling power dynamics that shaped their uneven rise to fame.


Please note: This production contains themes of grief/death and addiction. It includes depictions of attempted suicide that some may find distressing.


This production is supported by Red Butterfly Foundation. This play is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Plays Award. New Play Commissions are also supported by the Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation.


Three women all dressed in red are standing in front of a camera making various facial expressions. The woman on the right stares into the camera looking surprised. The women on the left is looking away from the camera and the women in the middle is staring intensly into the camera. Behind them is a red backdrop.
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Production team


Sarah Gordon


Natalie Ibu

Set and Costume Designer

Grace Smart

Lighting Designer

Zoe Spurr

Sound Designer

Alexandra Faye Braithwaite

Movement Director

Nadia Iftkhar

Fight and Intimacy Director

Haruka Kuroda

Haruka Kuroda

Casting Director

Naomi Downham

Naomi Downham

Associate Lighting Designer

Charlotte Burton

Staff Director

Natasha Haws

Ticket prices

Monday – Thursday evenings and all matinees:
£20, £30, £40, £45, £60

Friday & Saturday evenings:
£20, £30, £45, £50 £65

Previews 27 March – 2 April:
£20, £25, £35, £40, £50

For concessions and discounts, see Ways to save

Please note the 6.30pm start time on the following performances: Thu 18 Apr, Tue 23 Apr, Thu 9 May and Tue 21 May

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

Prices may change according to demand

Assisted performances


BSL Interpreted

Audio described

No Chilled performance available.

Sensory adapted

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



Photography (Rhiannon Clements, Gemma Whelan, Adele James) by Felicty McCabe.
Art direction and design by National Theatre Graphic Design Studio.