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Faith, Hope and Charity

a new play by Alexander Zeldin

9 September to 12 October 2019
Running Time: Approx. 2 hours and 20 mins, including an interval

4 star rating

Utterly necessary and deeply compassionate. The performances are superb.

What's On Stage
4 star rating

A beautifully gauged production. The cast is exemplary. The Dorfman becomes the community centre, engulfing us, swallowing us and startling us.

Time Out
4 star rating

Shines a light on the resilience and humour of those struggling to survive. An urgent account of the austerity age

4 star rating

A riveting fight for survival. Cecilia Noble is exceptional.

The Times
4 star rating

‘As a chronicler of the quiet tragedies, small victories and overwhelming mundanities of everyday life, writer and director Alexander Zeldin remains unparalleled.’

Evening Standard
4 star rating

A galvanising slice of social realism

The Stage
4 star rating

An unflinching look at austerity Britain. Cecilia Noble is extraordinary

Daily Telegraph
4 star rating

Quietly devastating, gently funny and beautifully delivered

Financial Times
4 star rating

Essential viewing. A harrowing slice of social realism that brims with humanity


Faith, Hope and Charity

In a run-down community hall on the edge of town, a woman has been cooking lunch for those in need.

A choir is starting up, run by a volunteer who’s looking for a new beginning. A mother is seeking help in her fight to keep her young daughter from being taken into care. An older man sits silently in the corner, the first to arrive, the last to leave. Outside the rain is falling.

Following Beyond Caring – ‘unforgettable’ (The Times) – and LOVE – ‘the National’s play of the year' (Evening Standard), Alexander Zeldin’s new play is another uncompromising theatrical experience that goes to the heart of our uncertain times.

Content warning
Please note, this production contains strong language. There is also vaping of e-cigarettes and cigarettes smoked on stage.


Production supported by The Polonsky Foundation


Talks and events

Ladybird Ladybird (film screening) Mon 7 Oct, 5.30pm

Faith, Hope and Charity | Inside rehearsals

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Faith, Hope and Charity | Cecilia Noble

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Faith, Hope and Charity | Corey Peterson

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Faith, Hope and Charity | Nick Holder

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Faith, Hope and Charity | Susan Lynch

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Faith, Hope and Charity rehearsal gallery

Faith, Hope and Charity ticket prices and Access performances

Ticket prices

Monday - Thursday eves, all matinees
*£56, £41, £35, £26, £15
Friday & Saturday eves
*£61, £46, £37, £26, £20
Ways to save
Previews 9 - 16 September

*£50, £35 – £15

Access Performances

Audio-described performances, for blind and visually impaired people:
Fri 4 October, 7.30pm
Sat 5 October, 2.30pm preceded by a Touch Tour

Captioned performances, for deaf or hard-of-hearing people:
Sat 28 September, 2.30pm
Mon 7 October, 7.30pm
Tue 8 October, 2.30pm


*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.

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People wearing Smart Caption Glasses at a performance in the theatre

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Production team

Photography by David Stewart

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