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Beginning Tickets

Ambassadors Theatre

After a smash-hit, sold-out run at the Dorfman Theatre, David Eldridge’s brand new play Beginning receives a West End transfer. Polly Findlay (Limehouse) directs the production, which features a cast including Sam Troughton and Justine Mitchell. Following an unlikely pair at a house party, Beginning explores the fragility involved with taking risks and putting your heart on the line.

David Eldridge’s smash-hit new play Beginning receives a West End transfer, following a five-star, sold-out run at the National’s Dorfman Theatre. Led by award-winning director Polly Findlay (Limehouse at the Donmar Warehouse), the tender and touching play follows an unlikely pair as they put their hearts on the line and embark on a new relationship.

Every story has to start somewhere. And this one begins in the early hours of the morning, where Danny is the final hanger-on at Laura’s house-warming party. The whole flat is a mess, and the two of them are too – but one more drink can’t hurt! Set in real-time, the encounter sees the individuals strike up a conversation that sees them take their first steps toward a relationship.

A painfully truthful take on new beginnings, love and risking your heart to take a chance, Beginning is the brand new play from the writer behind dramas including Festen, Under the Blue Sky, Market Boy and the BBC’s popular drama The Scandalous Life of Lady W, starring Natalie Dormer.

After appearing in the Dorfman production, Sam Troughton and Justine Mitchell reprise their roles as Danny and Laura. Troughton has appeared in the BBC’s The Hollow Crown and dramas including King Lear, whilst Mitchell’s theatre credits include Bodies at the Royal Court Theatre and Mr Burns at the Almeida Theatre.

Beginning is directed by Polly Findlay, who has helmed successful productions including Derren Brown’s Svengali, the National Theatre’s As You Like It and Antigone. The production also includes choreography by Naomi Said, design by Fly Davis, lighting by Jack Knowles and sound by Paul Arditti.

A romance perfectly suitable for the 21st century, the critically acclaimed Beginning plays a limited 10-week season at the West End’s Ambassadors Theatre. The show runs at the London venue, with tickets available for performances from 15 January to 24 March 2018, with a press night on 23 January 2018.

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Performance dates:
24 Mar 2018 - 24 Mar 2018
Running time:
1 hour and 35 minutes.
Age recommendation:
Please note that the production contains strong language and adult themes.
Audience Notes:
Anyone who missed out on tickets for the production’s run at the Dorfman Theatre can now catch it in the West End! Receiving five star reviews from the major London theatregoers, Beginning is a must-see for theatre fans, so don't miss out on tickets.

Beginning Reviews

34 Reviews
  • 5 Stars41%
  • 4 Stars35%
  • 3 Stars18%
  • 2 Stars0%
  • 1 Stars6%

User Reviews


A really wonderful, real and touching play.

Performance date: 10 February 2018
Performance date: 01 March 2018

Overall a brilliant two hander production which has you laughing one minute, shocked the next and empathising all the time with each of their emotions. Brilliant. A brilliant show with excellent acting!

Performance date: 13 February 2018
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