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a new play by David Eldridge

From 27 April to 18 June
Running Time: 1 hour 40 minutes with no interval

4 star rating

A subtle plait of the overstated and the unsaid


An emotional workout with heartfelt, nuanced performances

Evening Standard
4 star rating

New writing at its most essential. A subtle, poignant drama

The Telegraph
4 star rating

A painfully sharp drama

Time Out
4 star rating

Unmistakably and viscerally, real life in all its imperfection.

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The new play from the writer and director of our five-star hit Beginning.

Every relationship reaches a crossroad some time.

As dawn breaks, Maggie is heating some milk and Gary wonders what she’s doing out of bed.

Maybe it’s time for an honest conversation – but how much honesty can this marriage take?

Following the sold-out runs of Beginning at the National Theatre and in the West End, writer David Eldridge and director Polly Findlay reunite for this raw, touching and funny portrait of a 21st-century marriage.  

Middle is the second of three plays by David Eldridge to explore love and relationships.

Reviews for Beginning:

'Quite simply, magnificent'
Evening Standard

'Wry, funny and touching'

Please note: This production contains themes around fertility and mental health that some audience members may find distressing. 


This play is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Plays Award


Talks and events

David Eldridge and Polly Findlay in Conversation Thu 26 May, 5.45pm
Playwriting at the NT with David Eldridge, Sat 11 June, 10am–12 noon, £25/£15


Introducing 'Middle'

Writer David Eldridge introduces his this new play with perspective from Claire Rushbrook (Maggie) and Daniel Ryan (Gary).

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Watch a scene from the play

Watch Daniel Ryan (Gary) and Claire Rushbrook (Maggie) perform a scene from the play

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Middle Ticket prices

Monday - Thursday evenings and all matinees:
£60, £45, £40, £30, £20

Friday & Saturday evenings:
£65, £50, £45, £30, £20

Tickets for 16-25 year olds

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Young people taking part in a NT youth workshop


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