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a new play by Simon Woods

22 August to 25 November 2019
Running Time: approx. 1 hour 20 mins (with no interval)


Hansard; noun
The official report of all parliamentary debates.

It’s a summer’s morning in 1988 and Tory politician Robin Hesketh has returned home to the idyllic Cotswold house he shares with his wife of 30 years, Diana. But all is not as blissful as it seems. Diana has a stinking hangover, a fox is destroying the garden, and secrets are being dug up all over the place. As the day draws on, what starts as gentle ribbing and the familiar rhythms of marital sparring quickly turns to blood-sport.

A witty and devastating new play.

The NT Live broadcast of Hansard took place on 7 November 2019.

Hansard is now available to watch on National Theatre at Home

Simon Godwin (Antony & Cleopatra) directs Simon Woods’ witty and devastating portrait of the governing class.

Olivier Award winners Lindsay Duncan and Alex Jennings return to the National Theatre to play Diana and Robin.


Production supported by Marcia Grand in loving memory of Richard Grand; Leila Maw Straus; Shawn M. Donnelley & Christopher M. Kelly. The play is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Plays Award.

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Talks and events

Director Simon Godwin and Writer Simon Woods on Hansard Thu 12 Sep, 6pm
Parliamentary Voting: Personal Beliefs vs Party Line Mon 14 Oct, 6pm
Exploring Hansard Tue 15 Oct, 10.30am
Inside the Hansard Rehearsal Room Fri 8 November, 7.45pm 
Actors Lindsay Duncan and Alex Jennings on Hansard Wed 13 Nov, 3pm 


4 star rating

Touching and illuminating all at once.

The Times
4 star rating

Engrossing and incisive. Performances take the breath away.

4 star rating

Deliciously witty. Jennings and Duncan are a truly dynamic duo.

Broadway World

Alex Jennings and Lindsay Duncan on Hansard

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Meet Robin and Diana... Thirty years of wedded bliss. The picture of a perfect marriage.

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Simon Woods and Simon Godwin on Hansard

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Hansard Ticket Prices and Access performances

Ticket prices

*£89, £69, £60, £45, £35, £15/£20

Access performances

Audio-described performances, for blind and visually impaired people:
Fri 11 October, 7.30pm
Sat 12 October, 2.15pm preceded by a Touch Tour

Captioned performances, for deaf or hard-of-hearing people:
Mon 14 October, 7.30pm
Tue 22 October, 7.30pm


*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

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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Production team

Photography (Alex Jennings and Lindsay Duncan) by Jay Brooks

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