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A co-production with Out of Joint

a new play by Nina Raine

28 March to 17 May 2017
Running Time: 2 hours 20 minutes, including interval


Why is Justice blind? Is she impartial? Or is she blinkered?

Friends take opposing briefs in a rape case. The key witness is a woman whose life seems a world away from theirs. At home, their own lives begin to unravel as every version of the truth is challenged.

Consent has been made available to watch on National Theatre at Home from 10 March 2021.

Consent, Nina Raine’s powerful, painful, funny play sifts the evidence from every side and puts justice herself in the dock.

Nina Raine's previous work includes Tiger Country, and the Olivier-nominated Tribes.

The characters depict and make reference to sexual violence.

Talks and events

A Question of Consent, Wed 26 Apr, 6pm


5 star rating

Powerful. One of Nina Raine's most enjoyable and intelligent plays.

4 star rating

Gutsy and supremely well performed. Anna Maxwell Martin is just superb.

Time Out
4 star rating

A tense, entertaining modern-day tragi-comedy.

Daily Telegraph
4 star rating

Intricately layered . Finely tuned. Fierce new play.

Evening Standard
4 star rating

Beautifully directed by Roger Michell. A play that stimulates debate.

4 star rating

Crackles with a sharp-tongued and witty energy. Ben Chaplin and Anna Maxwell Martin are excellent.

4 star rating

Exceptional. Contrasts private and professional lives.

Financial Times
4 star rating

Fantastic. Shows us the tricks of the barrister’s trade.

The Times
4 star rating

Scandalously funny. Superb cast. Cracking new play.

The Mail on Sunday
4 star rating

Sharp. Heartfelt. Multilayered.

4 star rating

Roger Michell directs with style and substance. Anna Maxwell Martin at her best.

Sunday Times

Consent | Researching the Law

Consent deals with a group of barristers and the difficult subject of a rape trial. Here are the company, talking about how they approached such a task.

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Consent rehearsal gallery

Consent | Meet the Couples

Get to know the couples from Consent, Nina Raine's powerful, painful, funny new play, being directed by Roger Michell.

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Production team

Image: Lovers (6) © Jarek Puczel