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LOVE 2016

A co-production with the Birmingham Repertory Theatre

a new play by Alexander Zeldin

6 December 2016 to 10 January 2017
Running Time: 1hr, 30 mins no interval

LOVE 2016


Our feature film of LOVE is now availble to watch on National Theatre at Home

LOVE will transfer to the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch from 25 – 27 October 2018

In the run up to Christmas, three families are placed into cramped temporary accommodation.

A middle-aged man and his elderly mum, a young family with a baby on the way, a newly arrived woman from Sudan. Strangers. Forced together. No space is personal.




In this new play by Alexander Zeldin, written through a devising process, the audience are invited to bear witness to an intimate story of family love for our times.

Alexander Zeldin’s previous work includes the critically acclaimed, ‘raw’ (Financial Times) and ‘unforgettable’ (The Times) Beyond Caring.
LOVE continues this unique approach to theatre.

LOVE was also performed at The Birmingham Repertory Theatre from 26 Jan – 11 Feb 2017. Click here for more info (link opens in a new window)


Talks and events

In Focus: Performing Without a Home Thursday 15 Dec 2016, 5.30 – 6.45pm
Alexander Zeldin Wednesday 4 Jan 2017, 6pm


The Dorfman Partner
The Dorfman Partner: Neptune Investment Management   

Birmingham Repertory Theatre Associate Director, Alexander Zeldin, is supported by the Quercus Trust in partnership with the National Theatre



5 star rating

The National Theatre’s play of the year

Evening Standard
5 star rating

Gripping, amusing, uncomfortable, desperately moving

The Times
5 star rating

Gentle, funny, devastating. Turning a national spotlight, on the dehumanising reality of being homeless

Financial Times
4 star rating

Engrossing drama leaves us enraged

4 star rating

An essential watch. A searing festive show

Time Out
4 star rating

Potent and emotive

The Stage
5 star rating



Ticket availability

Friday Rush
Every Friday at 1pm, a limited number of £20 tickets for the following week's performances are released to buy online. Find out more.

Day Tickets
On the day of the performance, a limited number of £15 Day Tickets are available in person at 9.30am from the Ground Floor box office. Find out more.

Access performances
Captioned performances:
Tuesday 3 January, 2.30pm
Monday 9 January, 7.30pm

Audio-described performance:
Saturday 7 January, 2.30pm, preceded by a Touch Tour

LOVE Rehearsal Diary

Diyan Zora is the staff director for LOVE, which opens in the Dorfman Theatre in December. She’ll be keeping a diary throughout the rehearsal period – here’s the first entry.

Read the diary

Poster photography by David Stewart

LOVE | Original cast interviews

Watch the cast of the original production of LOVE, discuss the effect they expect the production to have on audiences.

More info

LOVE rehearsal gallery


Production team

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