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Jack Absolute Flies Again

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

From 2 July

Jack Absolute Flies Again

A rollicking new comedy by Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guvnors) and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night).

Featuring a cast including Caroline Quentin (Jonathan Creek), Laurie Davidson (Guilty Party), Natalie Simpson (Three Sisters) and Kelvin Fletcher (Emmerdale).

July 1940. After an aerial dog fight, Pilot Officer Jack Absolute flies home to win the heart of his old flame, Lydia Languish.

Back on British soil, Jack’s advances soon turn to anarchy when the young heiress demands to be loved on her own, very particular, terms.

Emily Burns (The Comeback) directs this spectacularly entertaining new version of Sheridan’s The Rivals.

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


This production is supported by the National Theatre's Official Hotel Partner Edwardian Hotels

The reopening of the Olivier theatre is generously supported by Areté Foundation / Betsy & Ed Cohen

Emily Burns’ work on this production is supported by Backstage Trust

Production supported by Juliet de Baubigny

Talks and Events

Designing Jack Absolute Flies Again, Mon 11 July, 5.30–9pm, Cottesloe Room (Dorfman Theatre)


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Behind the Scenes at the Jack Absolute Flies Again Read-Through

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Member booking from Monday 23 May for new performances
Public booking from Wednesday 8 June

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James Corrigan
Bob 'Wingnut' Acres
James Corrigan
Theo Cowan photo portrait
Peter Kingsmith
Theo Cowan
Laurie Davidson
Jack Absolute
Laurie Davidson
Kelvin Fletcher portrait
Dudley Scunthorpe
Kelvin Fletcher
Millie Hikasa photo portrait
Millie Hikasa
George Kemp
George Kemp
Jordan Metcalfe portrait
Roy Faulkland
Jordan Metcalfe
Caroline Quentin portrait
Mrs Malaprop
Caroline Quentin
Akshay Sharan
Bhaggi 'Tony' Khattri
Akshay Sharan
Lydia Languish
Natalie Simpson
Tim Steed portrait
Brian Coventry
Tim Steed
Geoffrey Towers
Geoffrey Towers
Shona White
Shona White
Helena Wilson portrait
Julia Melville
Helena Wilson

Production team

Jack Absolute Flies Again Ticket prices

Monday - Thursday eves, all matinees
£86, £66, £56, £46, £36, £20

Friday & Saturday eves
£89, £69, £59, £49, £39, £20

Previews 2 & 4 July
£67, £47,  £38, £30, £25, £20

Previews 5 - 13 July
£69, £49, £40, £32, £25, £20

Tickets for 16-25 year olds

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Young people taking part in a NT youth workshop

Photography (Kerry Howard, Kelvin Fletcher, Caroline Quentin, Laurie Davidson, Natalie Simpson) by Matt Crockett. Background illustration by The Red Dress.

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