One life in the hands of 12 women.
Rural Suffolk, 1759. As the country waits for Halley’s comet, Sally Poppy is sentenced to hang for a heinous murder.
When she claims to be pregnant, a jury of 12 matrons are taken from their housework to decide whether she’s telling the truth, or simply trying to escape the noose.
With only midwife Lizzy Luke prepared to defend the girl, and a mob baying for blood outside, the matrons wrestle with their new authority, and the devil in their midst.
Find a cinema near you for the National Theatre Live broadcast of The Welkin on 21 May
Following advice from Government and Public Health England about the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), all scheduled performances of The Welkin 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.
This play is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Plays Award
Production supported by the Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater
Talks and events
Writer Lucy Kirkwood and Director James Macdonald Thu 26 March, 6pm, £9/£6
Unfortunate Wretches: Women and the Gallows in the Georgian Era Fri 1 May, 6pm, £9/£6