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Top Girls

by Caryl Churchill

26 March to 20 July 2019
Running Time: Approx. 2 hours and 30 mins, including an interval

Top Girls

Now hiring: top girls wanted for prestige positions. Must be self-motivated go-getters with an appetite for success. No timewasters.

Marlene is the first woman to head the Top Girls employment agency. But she has no plans to stop there. With Maggie in at Number 10 and a spirit of optimism consuming the country, Marlene knows that the future belongs to women like her.

'Caryl Churchill has made every theatre trip an adventure.'

For the first time, the National Theatre stages Caryl Churchill’s wildly innovative play about a country divided by its own ambitions.

Churchill’s work includes Far Away, A Number and Escaped Alone.
Lyndsey Turner (Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, Chimerica) directs.


Talks and events

16-21: Staging Top Girls, Wed 1 May, 5pm
Lyndsey Turner on Top Girls, Fri 3 May, 6pm
Agitating for Change: Feminism and Theatre in the Eighties and Now, Tue 7 May, 6pm
Exploring Caryl Churchill's Plays and Top Girls, Thu 9 May, 10.30am
Designing Top Girls with Ian MacNeil, Mon 10 June, 5pm
Actor Katherine Kingsley on Top Girls, Mon 10 June, 3pm
Creating Top Girls at the NT, Thu 13 June, 6.30pm

5 star rating

A once-in-a-lifetime staging. Poignant and awesome. Caryl Churchill’s feminist masterpiece is given the widescreen production it’s always deserved

Time Out
4 star rating

A must-see production. The cast is on sparkling form and the laughs come thick and fast

What's On Stage
5 star rating

A dazzling revival. A work of genius that will never date

5 star rating

A brightly directed version of Caryl Churchill’s masterpiece

Arts Desk
4 star rating

Frighteningly resonant. The cast is terrific

4 star rating

An engrossing return to Thatcher-era feminism. A play that fizzes and burns

Daily Mail
4 star rating

An epic revival

Financial Times
4 star rating

An expansive and significant revival of one of the greatest plays of the decade.

Daily Express

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Top Girls | An introduction from the cast

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Top Girls | Behind the scenes on the photo shoot

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Top Girls rehearsal gallery

Top Girls ticket prices and Access performances

Ticket prices

Monday - Thursday eves, all matinees
 *£84, £64, £55, £45, £32, £15
Friday & Saturday eves
*£88, £68, £59, £49, £34, £18

Access Performances

Audio-described performances, for blind and visually impaired people:
Fri 3 May, 7.30pm
Sat 4 May, 2.15pm preceded by a Touch Tour

Captioned performances, for deaf or hard-of-hearing people:
Sat 1 June, 2.15pm
Fri 21 June, 7.30pm


*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.

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