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Death of England

a new play by Clint Dyer and Roy Williams

31 January to 7 March 2020
Running Time: 1 hour and 40 mins, no interval

4 star rating

Rafe Spall dazzles. This is truly a play for today.

Guardian
4 star rating

An electrifying, turbo-charged, powerhouse performance.

Evening Standard
4 star rating

Captivating - a monologue of passion, humour and fury.

The Times
4 star rating

A blazing, raging performance from Rafe Spall.

The Stage
4 star rating

Spall deserves every acting accolade going. A terrific piece.

Metro

Death of England

A family in mourning. A man in crisis.

After the death of his dad, Michael is powerless and angry.

In a state of heartbreak, he confronts the difficult truths about his father’s legacy and the country that shaped him.

At the funeral, unannounced and unprepared, Michael decides it is time to speak.

Rafe Spall (Hedda GablerBlack Mirror) performs this fearless one-person play which asks explosive and enduring questions about identity, race and class in Britain.

It is written by Roy Williams (Sucker PunchSing Yer Heart Out for the Lads) and Clint Dyer (The Happy Tragedy of Being Woke), who becomes the first black British artist to have performed, written and directed a full-scale production at the National Theatre.

Death of England is staged ‘in the round’ and each seat in this intimately staged production offers a unique experience.

£35 seats in the Pit marked in yellow on the seating plan are unreserved barstools with low backs, and you may not be seated directly beside other members of your group. As some action could take place amidst these areas, ticket-holders must leave all bags and coats in the free cloakroom. Standard seating in the Pit is also available.

PLEASE NOTE: The play contains flashing lights, adult themes and strong language, some of which is racially offensive; for more information, please contact us via our Help Centre.
Latecomers may not be admitted and there is no re-admittance.

Production supported by: Marcia Grand in loving memory of Richard Grand; Nick and Julie Gould

 

Talks and events

Writer Roy Williams and Writer/Director Clint Dyer Fri 14 Feb, 6.30pm, £9/£6
Designers Sadeysa Greenaway-Bailey and ULTZ Fri 28 Feb, 6.30pm, £9/£6
Actor Rafe Spall on Death of England Mon 2 Mar, 3pm, £9/£6

Death of England | Clint Dyer and Roy Williams | "What is this country?"

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Nationalism, World Cup and Brexit

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Cast

US Michael
Cary Crankson
Michael
Rafe Spall

Production team

Set and Costume Designer

ULTZ

Death of England ticket prices and Access performances

Death of England is staged ‘in the round’ and each seat in this intimately staged production offers a unique experience.

Ticket prices
£66, £50, £40, £35*, £29, £20/£15

*PLEASE NOTE: £35 seats in the Pit marked in yellow on the seating plan are unreserved barstools with low backs, and you may not be seated directly beside other members of your group. As some action could take place amidst these areas, ticket-holders must leave all bags and coats in the free cloakroom. Standard seating in the Pit is also available.

Access Performances

Audio-described performances, for blind and visually impaired people:
Fri 28 January, 8pm
Sat 29 January, 3pm preceded by a Touch Tour at 1.30pm

Captioned performances, for deaf or hard-of-hearing people:
Tue 25 February, 8pm
Thu 5 March, 3pm
Sat 7 March, 3pm

 

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.

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Photography (Rafe Spall) by Spencer Murphy

Help Centre

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