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Jack Absolute Flies Again

by Richard Bean and Oliver Chris
based on Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s The Rivals

Postponed
Running Time: tbc

Jack Absolute Flies Again

Love is in the air.

July 1940. After an aerial dog fight, Pilot Officer Jack Absolute flies home to rejoin his intrepid young Hurricane squadron at RAF Fontwell (formerly Malaprop Hall).

Back on British soil, Jack is shocked to find his old flame, Lydia, on the base. Setting his sights on winning her heart, Jack’s advances turn to anarchy when the young heiress demands to be loved on her own terms.

‘One of the funniest productions in the National’s history.’
Guardian on One Man, Two Guvnors

IMPORTANT UPDATE 
Following advice from Government and Public Health England about the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), all scheduled performances of Jack Absolute Flies Again up to and including Tuesday 30 June have been cancelled.
Due to the high volume of performances involved, it may take a short while before we can contact all ticket-holders for cancelled performances directly about their booking.
We recognise that this is a difficult time for many, and thank you for your patience.
If you have not heard from us by Tuesday 14 April, please contact a member of the Box Office team about your booking.

Staged to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, Thea Sharrock (After the Dance) directs a riotous new comedy based on Sheridan’s The Rivals, co-written by Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guvnors) and Oliver Chris, and a cast including Caroline Quentin, James Fleet and Richard Fleeshman.

 

Production supported by: Juliet de Baubigny

Talks and Events

Designing Jack Absolute Wed 6 May, 6pm, £9/£6
Writers Richard Bean and Oliver Chris Fri 8 May, 6pm, £9/£6
Playwriting at the NT with Richard Bean Sat 16 May, 10.30am – 1pm, £40/£25
Hurricane (film screening) Mon 18 May, 5.30pm, £6/£4
Battle of Britain: Spitfires, Loves and Lives Lost Mon 15 June, 6pm, £9/£6
Making the Show: Jack Absolute Tue 16 June, 2pm, £35/£20/£7.5
Mrs Malaprop Goes to War Thu 18 June, 6pm, £9/£6

Cast

Azan Ahmed
Sergeant Sampson
Azan Ahmed
Saskia Ashdown
US Lydia Languish
Saskia Ashdown
Cai Brigden
US Bob'Wingnut' Acres/Dudley Scunthorpe/Sergeant Sampson
Cai Brigden
James Corrigan
Bob 'Wingnut' Acres
James Corrigan
Theo Cowan
US Roy Faulkland
Theo Cowan
Laurie Davidson
Jack Absolute
Laurie Davidson
Richard Fleeshman
Dudley Scunthorpe
Richard Fleeshman
Sir Anthony Absolute
James Fleet
George Kemp
US Jack Absolute/Brian Coventry/Peter Kingsmith
George Kemp
US Lucy/Julia Melville
Rebecca Lee
Jordan Metcalfe
Roy Faulkland
Jordan Metcalfe
Caroline Quentin
Mrs Malaprop
Caroline Quentin
Akshay Sharan
Bhaggi 'Tony' Khattri
Akshay Sharan
Lydia Languish
Natalie Simpson
Tim Steed
Brian Coventry
Tim Steed
Geoffrey Towers
US Sir Anthony Absolute
Geoffrey Towers
Shona White
US Mrs Malaprop
Shona White
Helena Wilson
Julia Melville
Helena Wilson

Production team

Jack Absolute Flies Again ticket prices

Ticket prices

Monday - Thursday eves, all matinees
*£86, £66, £57, £46, £32, £15
Friday & Saturday eves
*£89, £69, £60, £52, £35, £20
Previews 15 - 27 April
*£69, £49 - £15

 

*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.

Jack Absolute Flies Again Access performances

Access performances

Audio-described performances, for blind and visually impaired people:
Fri 19 June, 7.30pm
Sat 20 June, 2pm preceded by a Touch Tour at 12.30pm

Captioned performances, for deaf or hard-of-hearing people:
Sat 23 May, 2pm
Tue 16 June, 7.30pm

Smart caption glasses

Smart Caption Glasses will be available for performances from Tuesday 28 April, 7pm

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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