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Rockets and Blue Lights

A co-production with the Royal Exchange Theatre

by Winsome Pinnock

25 August - 9 October

Rockets and Blue Lights

'A swirling journey through black history'

On the set of a new film about Victorian artist JMW Turner, young actress Lou is haunted by an unresolved history. Meanwhile, in 1840 Londoners Lucy and Thomas try to come to terms with the meaning of freedom.

Moving between London past and present, we embark on a powerfully personal voyage through time.

Directed by Miranda Cromwell, and first staged at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, this astonishing and fiercely political new play by Winsome Pinnock was named winner of the 2018 Alfred Fagon Award.

'An ugly truth made beautiful'
The Stage

We can’t wait to welcome you for live performances

We're proud to be See It Safely approved by Official London Theatre, and have received the Visit Britain 'We're Good to Go' industry standard mark, so you can feel confident knowing that staff, artists and audiences are always COVID-secure based on the latest government guidelines.

Here are some helpful things to remember when booking tickets and planning your visit:

  • Performances of Rockets and Blue Lights will take place without social distancing, should Government confirm the lifting of remaining COVID restrictions in England as expected.
    Until ‘Step 4’ confirmation is received, these performances will be sold at socially distanced capacities in fixed clusters of singless and pairs of seats. And tickets for this show are limited to two per person.
    Further tickets will be released following confirmation of ‘Step 4’ guidelines.
  • Seats in our theatres are allocated four separate arrival groups, which are indicated when you select tickets: Group 1 is the earliest arrival time, with Group 4 being the closest to the start of the performance.
  • In advance of your visit, you will receive an email with your specific arrival time.
  • We ask that everyone over the age of 16 to provide contact details for NHS Test & Trace on arrival.
  • Some of our theatre entrances may have changed since your last visit, so please view our map to familiarise yourselves with entry points.

Learn more about the ways we are welcoming audiences back safely


Supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation through the Weston Culture Fund


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Ticket Prices

Monday - Thursday eves, all matinees
£55, £40, £30, £20
Friday & Saturday eves
£60, £45, £30, £20
Previews 25 & 26 August
£50, £35, £26, £20
Previews 27 August - 1 September
£54, £38, £28, £20

Access performances

Audio-described performances, for blind and visually impaired people:
Sat 2 October, 1.30pm preceded by a Touch Tour at 12pm

Captioned performances, for deaf or hard-of-hearing people:
Sat 18 September, 1.30pm

Smart caption glasses

Smart Caption Glasses will be available for performances from 4 September.

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.

Pre-show drinks and snacks menu

We ask that you order refreshments in advance so our team can make them available to you on arrival.

After adding tickets to your basket, you will have the option to choose from the below menu, for pre-show drinks and snacks.

Wines, Beers & Spirits
Prosecco 125ml – £8.50
White Wine 175ml – £6.50
Red Wine 175ml – £6.50
Lager 330ml – £5.50
Pale Ale 330ml – £5.50
Gin & Tonic – £6.50

Soft Drinks
Still Water 500ml – £2.50
Sparkling Water 500ml – £2.50
Coca Cola 200ml – £2.50
Diet Coke 200ml – £2.50

Salted Nuts – £2.50
Cadbury Twirl Bites – £3


Anthony Aje
Anthony Aje
Paul Bradley
Paul Bradley
Karl Collins photo
Karl Collins
Kiza Deen
Kiza Deen
Rochelle Rose
Rochelle Rose
Matthew Seadon-Young
Matthew Seadon-Young
Kudzai Sitima
Kudzai Sitima
Cathy Tyson
Cathy Tyson
Everal A Walsh
Everal A Walsh
Luke Wilson
Luke Wilson

Production team

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