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Created by Ella Hickson, Ben and Max Ringham

11 May to 15 June 2019
Running Time: Approx. 1 hour, 5 mins. No interval.


1968. East Berlin.

Anna and Hans are married, in love and moving up in the world – but it is a world ruled by suspicion. Who can be trusted when everyone is listening?

Created by playwright Ella Hickson (The Writer) and sound designers Ben and Max Ringham, this tense new thriller is directed by Natalie Abrahami (Machinal). It uses individual audio headsets to give the audience intimate access to events as they unfold over one evening, in East Berlin.

Can we ever escape our past?

Phoebe Fox (Twelfth Night, A View from the Bridge) plays Anna.

5 star rating

Slick and stylish. Full of history, mystery and horror. Impressively intelligent

The Stage
4 star rating

Layered and engrossing. Remarkable sound from extraordinary aural engineers Ben and Max Ringham

What's On Stage
5 star rating

A riveting 65 minutes. A multilayered plot worthy of Le Carré with fascinating wizard-level sound design

The Times
4 star rating

Fun, smart, gripping and unsettling

Financial Times
5 star rating

Brilliantly unsettling. Phoebe Fox is outstanding

Daily Mail

ANNA ticket prices and Access performances

Ticket prices

Monday - Thursday eves, all matinees
*£65, £45, £40, £35, £20, £15 
Friday & Saturday eves
*£70, £50, £45, £35, £20, £18
Ways to save
Previews 11 - 17 May

*£67, £40 - £15

Access Performances

Audio-described performances, for blind and visually impaired people:
Fri 7 June, 6.30pm preceded by a Touch Tour
Sat 8 June, 3pm preceded by a Touch Tour

Captioned performances, for deaf or hard-of-hearing people:
Tue 4 June, 6.30pm
Thu 13 June, 6.30pm

Smart Caption Glasses available for performances from 18 May


*Some of the best seats in the house are premium priced. They help to ensure we can continue to offer low price seats for all our productions; the National Theatre is a charity and only 17% government-funded. This year nearly 30% of our tickets are available for £20 or less.

Smart caption glasses

People wearing Smart Caption Glasses at a performance in the theatre

Smart caption glasses are a revolutionary new way for people with hearing loss to enjoy performances at the National Theatre. For the first time, service users can experience our productions, including this one, from any seat in any theatre.

Find out about smart caption glasses


Production team

Photography (Phoebe Fox) by Sebastian Nevols, inspired by Eric Rose

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