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The Antipodes

by Annie Baker

21 October to 23 November 2019
Running Time: Approx 2 hours (with no interval)

5 star rating

Another masterpiece from Annie Baker. A truly remarkable cast.

Time Out
5 star rating

Masterful storytelling. A perfect satire.

Daily Mail
4 star rating

Marvellous acting, deftly paced.

4 star rating

A dazzling piece from a great modern American playwright.

Daily Telegraph
4 star rating

Superb, ingenious and elusive. Beautifully detailed performances.

Financial Times
4 star rating

Plenty of laughter and pitch-perfect performances.

4 star rating

There aren’t many other playwrights who provide such consistent pleasure.

Evening Standard
4 star rating

Masterful – potent and relevant.

The Stage

The Antipodes

Following acclaimed runs of The Flick and John, Pulitzer Prize-winner Annie Baker returns to the National Theatre with her latest extraordinary play. Their phones switched off, a group of people sit around a table telling, categorising and theorising stories.

This is a world that is both familiar and fantastical. Their real purpose is never quite clear, but they continue on, searching for the monstrous.

The Antipodes asks what value stories have for a world in crisis.

‘One of the freshest voices in American theatre.’
New York Times

Content Advisory: The Antipodes contains adult themes, graphic descriptions of a sexual nature and scenes that some people may find distressing. If you require further information please get in touch - contact details are provided in our Help Centre


The New American Work Programme is supported by The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, Lawton W Fitt & James I McLaren Foundation and Kathleen J Yoh


Talks and events
How many stories in the world? Fri 1 Nov, 6pm
Telling Your ‘Own’ Story: Workshop Sat 9 Nov, 10.30am

The Antipodes I 'We need stories... These are dark times.'

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The Antipodes I What is the play about?

We caught up with some of the cast of The Antipodes to give us an insight into what we might expect.

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Production team

The Antipodes ticket prices and Access performances

Ticket prices

Monday - Thursday eves, all matinees
*£66, £51, £40, £29, £15
Friday & Saturday eves
*£71, £56, £45, £30, £20

Access Performances

Audio-described performances, for blind and visually impaired people:
Fri 22 November, 7.30pm
Sat 23 November, 2.30pm preceded by a Touch Tour

Captioned performances, for deaf or hard-of-hearing people:
Mon 11 November, 7.30pm
Tue 19 November, 2.30pm


*Some of the best seats in the house are premium priced. They help to ensure we can continue to offer low price seats
for all our productions; the National Theatre is a charity and only 17% government-funded. This year nearly 30% of our tickets
are available for £20 or less.

Smart caption glasses

People wearing Smart Caption Glasses at a performance in the theatre

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.

Find out about smart caption glasses

Art by Dan Hillier

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