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The Visit

or The Old Lady Comes to Call

based on the play by Friedrich Dürrenmatt
adapted by Tony Kushner
original English version by Maurice Valency

Now playing
Running Time: Approx 3 hours 30 mins, including 2 intervals

The Visit

Jeremy Herrin (This House) directs Lesley Manville (Phantom ThreadLong Day’s Journey into Night) and Hugo Weaving (The Matrix, The Lord of the Rings) as former lovers in Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s visionary revenge play, transported into mid-20th-century America by Tony Kushner (Angels in America).

In the town of Slurry, New York, post-war recession has bitten.

Claire Zachanassian, improbably beautiful and impenetrably terrifying, returns to her hometown as the world’s richest woman.

The locals hope her arrival signals a change in their fortunes, but they soon realise that prosperity will only come at a terrible price.

Please note: This production contains smoke, haze, gunshots and flashing lights. If you require further information, contact details are provided in our Help centre.

Originally commissioned by and produced in association with David Binder

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
American Culture in the 1950s Fri 6 March, 5.30pm, £9/£6
Revenge vs Justice: Theatre and Ethics Wed 11 March, 5.30pm, £9/£6 
Director Jeremy Herrin on The Visit Thu 12 March, 5.30pm, £9/£6
Making the Show: The Visit Thu 19 Mar, 10.30am – 4pm, £60/£40/£15
Actor Lesley Manville on The Visit Fri 20 March, 3pm, £9/£6
An Introduction to Epic Theatre Mon 23 March, 5.30pm, £9/£6

4 star rating

A superb piece of theatre. Lesley Manville is magnetic.

Evening Standard
4 star rating

Lesley Manville confirms she's one of the all-time greats.

Daily Telegraph
4 star rating

An epic production. Hugo Weaving brings a cart-load of charisma.

Daily Mail

This dark fable is illuminated by Lesley Manville's dazzling star turn.

New York Times

The Visit | How we made the poster

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The Visit | Director Jeremy Herrin

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The Visit | How would you seek revenge?

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Production team




Malcolm Edmonstone




Shane Forbes




Nick Moss








Double Bass


Jo Nichols




Rebecca Toft












Official Hotel Partner

Edwardian Hotels

The Visit ticket prices and Access performances

Ticket prices

Monday - Thursday eves, all matinees
*£86, £66, £57, £46, £32, £15
Friday & Saturday eves
*£89, £69, £60, £52, £35, £20
Previews 31 January - 7 February
*£69, £49 - £15

Access performances

Audio-described performances, for blind and visually impaired people:
Fri 13 March, 7pm
Sat 14 March, 1pm preceded by a Touch Tour at 11.30am

Captioned performances, for deaf or hard-of-hearing people:
Wed 4 March, 7pm
Wed 11 March, 1pm
Sat 28 March, 1pm
Mon 30 March, 7pm


*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.

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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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People wearing Smart Caption Glasses at a performance in the theatre

Photography (Lesley Manville) by David Stewart

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