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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

To 13 May
Running Time: Approx 3 hours 30 mins, including 2 intervals

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

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.

Following advice from Government and Public Health England about the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), all scheduled performances of The Visit have been cancelled.
Due to the high volume of performances involved, it may take a short while before we can contact all ticket-holders directly about their booking.
We recognise that this is a difficult time for many, and thank you for your patience.
If you have not heard from us by Tuesday 14 April, please contact a member of the Box Office team about your booking.

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
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

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

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The Visit ticket prices

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


*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.

The Visit Access performances

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

Smart caption glasses

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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Photography (Lesley Manville) by David Stewart

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