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The Normal Heart

A co-production with Fictionhouse

by Larry Kramer

Playing until 6 Nov only
Running Time: Approx 2 hours and 45 mins inc. 20 min interval

5 star rating

A wonderful revival.

WhatsOnStage
4 star rating

Drama that’s lost none of its power. It demands our consideration.

Daily Telegraph
4 star rating

Poignant and powerful.

Guardian
4 star rating

Thrillingly urgent. It's white-hot, forever.

Time Out
4 star rating

Timely and essential. Ben Daniels gives a star turn.

Evening Standard
5 star rating

Remarkably powerful. A captivating piece of queer theatre.

Gay Times
4 star rating

Remains undimmed by time.

The Stage
4 star rating

A faultless ensemble.

The i
4 star rating

For all the right reasons, it will have you boiling with rage.

Daily Mail
4 star rating

Resonates with new force.

The Observer
4 star rating

Powerful. Political. An important reminder.

Mail on Sunday

The Normal Heart

Love, anger and activism during the 1980s AIDS crisis. 

A new virus is infecting gay men across New York City. 

As the rising death toll is ignored by government and the medical establishment, fear and confusion turns to rage and division. 

Using this anger, writer and activist Ned Weeks sets out to unite the community in their fight for recognition and right to survive. 

Marking 35 years since its explosive UK premiere, Dominic Cooke (Follies) directs Larry Kramer’s ground-breaking play. 

The cast includes Ben Daniels (The Crown), Liz Carr (Silent Witness) and Luke Norris (Poldark)

We're proud to be See It Safely approved by Official London Theatre - learn more about our Covid safety measures.

In line with government guidance, we ask that you wear a face covering in busy areas, including during the performance. If you are exempt, please advise a member of our staff on arrival.

Please note: this production features flashing lights, audience blinders, and themes that some may find distressing.
 

Supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation through the Weston Culture Fund

 

Garfield Weston Foundation logo
 

The reopening of the Olivier theatre is generously supported by Areté Foundation / Betsy & Ed Cohen

Production supported by the Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater

Ben Daniels performs "I belong to a culture" speech

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The Normal Heart | Rehearsal Gallery

Theatre and Activism: The Normal Heart and the 1980s AIDS Crisis

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In Conversation with Liz Carr | The Normal Heart

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The Normal Heart Ticket prices

Monday - Thursday eves, all matinees
£86, £66, £46, £36, £20
Friday & Saturday eves
£89, £69, £49, £39, £20
Previews 23 & 24 September
£68, £48, £38, £30, £20
Previews 25 - 29 September
£80, £60, £40, £30, £20

The Normal Heart Access performances

Audio-described performance, for blind and visually impaired people:
Sat 23 October at 1.15pm with a Touch Tour at 11.45am

Captioned performance, for deaf or hard-of-hearing people:
Sat 9 October at 1.15pm

Relaxed Environment performance:
Sat 16 October at 1.15pm

Smart caption glasses

Available for performances from Wednesday 6 October.

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.

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Cast

Robert Bowman
Ben Weeks
Robert Bowman
David/Hiram Keebler/ Examining Doctor
Richard Cant
Liz Carr photo by Charlie Carter
Dr Emma Brookner
Liz Carr
Ben Daniels
Ned Weeks
Ben Daniels
Dino Fetscher
Felix Turner
Dino Fetscher
Daniel Krikler
Understudy Felix/ Craig
Daniel Krikler
Daniel Monks
Mickey Marcus
Daniel Monks
Elander Moore
Craig Donner
Elander Moore
Luke Norris
Bruce Niles
Luke Norris
Henry Nott
Grady
Henry Nott
Lucas Rush
Understudy Ned Weeks
Lucas Rush
Freddie Stabb
Understudy Dr Emma Brookner
Freddie Stabb
Jonathan Dryden Taylor
Understudy Ben Weeks/ David/ Hiram/ Doctor
Jonathan Dryden Taylor
Samuel Thomas
Understudy Bruce/ Grady
Samuel Thomas
Danny Lee Wynter
Tommy Boatwright
Danny Lee Wynter

Production team

Production photo of Dino Fetscher and Ben Daniels by Helen Maybanks

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