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The Red Barn

a new play by David Hare
based on the novel, La Main, by Georges Simenon

6 October 2016 to 17 January 2017
Running Time: 1 hour 50 minutes. (no interval)

The Red Barn

Connecticut, 1969.

On their way back from a party, two couples struggle home through the snow. Not everyone arrives safely...

With a cast including Mark Strong (A View from the Bridge) and Hope Davis (God of Carnage) and Elizabeth Debicki (The Night Manager).


The great detective writer Georges Simenon escaped France at the end of World War Two, and arrived in the USA to start again. With his American wife, he settled at Shadow Rock Farm in Lakeville.

Years later, he wrote La Main, a psychological thriller set in a New England farmhouse. David Hare (Skylight, Pravda) has taken this novel, and forged from it a startling new play directed by Olivier Award-winning Robert Icke (1984, Oresteia). 


Please note
that due to the tense nature of the play there will be no re-admittance
this production contains strobe lighting

You can purchase The Hand  and other Simenon novels from our bookshop.

Related Talks and events

David Hare and John Simenon on The Red Barn Mon 7 Nov, 6pm

Produced in association with Scott Rudin

Supported by Basil Alkazzi and Myoung-Cheul Chung

4 star rating

Mark Strong is terrific, giving one of the performances of the year

4 star rating

A stylish new production. Hope Davis is understatedly excellent

Time Out
4 star rating

Director Rob Icke makes his NT debut in sensational style

Daily Telegraph
4 star rating

Taut, compelling and psychologically acute

4 star rating

Filled with tension, this chiller thriller's ice-cool

Daily Mail
4 star rating

Hitchcock would approve

4 star rating

Bunny Christie’s astounding stage design

Daily Telegraph
4 star rating

achingly cool

Mail on Sunday

The Red Barn Production Pictures


Oliver Alvin-Wilson portrait
Lieutenant Olsen
Oliver Alvin-Wilson
Ingrid Dodd
Hope Davis
Mona Sanders
Elizabeth Debicki
Mr Dodd
Michael Elwyn
Ensemble / Understudy Mr Dodd
Lennox Greaves
Dr Warren
Stuart Milligan
Patricia Ashbridge
Arabella Neale
Ensemble / Understudy Ingrid Dodd
Sarah Oliver-Watts
Ensemble / Understudy Donald Dodd
John Kay Steel
Donald Dodd
Mark Strong
Ensemble / Understudy Ray/Dr Warren/Lieutenant Olsen
David Tarkenter
Ray Sanders
Nigel Whitmey
Jade Yourell

Production team

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 day tickets are available in person at 9.30am from the Ground Floor box office. Find out more.


The Red Barn Rehearsal images