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London Tide

based on Charles Dickens’ Our Mutual Friend
adapted by Ben Power
songs by PJ Harvey and Ben Power

Booking and details

10 April — 22 June 2024
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The event location is

Lyttelton Theatre

National Theatre, South Bank, London SE1 9PX

It begins like this. With the dusk and the storm and the Thames…

A storm rages and, in the darkest part of the night, a body is pulled from the swirling Thames.

Across the city, two young women confront an uncertain future. In Limehouse, Lizzie Hexam struggles to break free of the river and its dark secrets. On the other side of town, Bella Wilfer mourns a lost marriage. The appearance of the mysterious John Rokesmith has the potential to change their lives for ever. Will they sink or swim?

This romantic and propulsive thriller is a hymn to the city and the river that runs through it. Directed by Ian Rickson (Translations) and adapted by Ben Power (The Lehman Trilogy), with original songs throughout, the genius of Dickens meets the fierce musical imagination of acclaimed singer-songwriter, PJ Harvey.


This production is supported by the National Theatre’s Official Hotel Partner Edwardian Hotels, The Polonsky Foundation, Bill Bardel, Cockayne – Grants for the Arts and The London Community Foundation. This play is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Plays Award. New Play Commissions are also supported by the Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation.


Two women are swimming in river. They tread water staring past the camera to something in the distance.
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Cast includes

Production team

Adaptation and lyrics

Ben Power

Music and lyrics

PJ Harvey


Ian Rickson

Set and Costume Designer

Bunny Christie

Lighting Designer

Jack Knowles

Jack Knowles

Music Director

Ian Ross

Co-Sound Designer

Tingying Dong

Tingying Dong

Co-Sound Designer

Christopher Shutt

Christopher Shutt

Movement Director

Anna Morrissey

Video Designer

Hayley Egan

Fight Director

Terry King

Casting Director

Bryony Jarvis-Taylor

Bryony Jarvis-Taylor

Voice and Dialect Coach

Simon Money

Associate Set Designer

Verity Sadler

Staff Director

Yasmin Hafesji

Yasmin Hafesji


Piano / Guitars

Ian Ross


Alex Lupo

Backing Vocals

Sarah Anderson

Ticket prices

Monday – Thursday evenings and all matinees:
£20, £36, £46, £66, £86, £96

Friday & Saturday evenings:
£20, £39, £49, £69, £89, £99

Previews 10 – 15 April:
£20, £30, £36, £46, £56, £76

For concessions and discounts, see Ways to save

Please note the 6.30pm start time on the following performances: Tue 14 May, Tue 28 May, Thu 6 Jun and Thu 13 Jun.

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Prices may change according to demand

Assisted performances


BSL Interpreted

Audio described

No Chilled performance available.

Sensory adapted

The interpreter for the BSL performance will be Sumayya Si-Tayeb.

Audio-described performances are preceded by a Touch Tour, 90 minutes before the performance start time. Call the Access line on 020 7452 3961 to book Touch Tours.

We have an allocation of tickets held for members of our Access scheme and if any of the assisted performances above are shown as “Sold Out”, tickets may still be available: Please log in to your account to view all available tickets, or call Box Office on 020 7452 3961

Smart caption glasses

Are planned to be available for performances of London Tide from 7pm, Wednesday 24 April.



Photo by Spencer Murphy