Beginning at Ambassadors Theatre tickets
Beginning at Ambassadors Theatre tickets

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Overview

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.

Recommended for

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.

Age Recommendations: Please note that the production contains strong language and adult themes.

Dates and times

Running time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Opened: 15 Jan 2018
Press night: 23 Jan 2018
Booking from: 24 Mar 2018
Booking until: 24 Mar 2018

Location and map

Ambassadors Theatre
West Street
London, WC2H 9ND

32 Reviews Add review

It's a one-act play, two characters - to give you some backstory, she (Justine Mitchell) has just thrown a housewarming, and that ... More

u2fancat 5'6'', 42 reviews, 0 helpful votes

It's a one-act play, two characters - to give you some backstory, she (Justine Mitchell) has just thrown a housewarming, and that same day, she was wining and dining a client, mentioned the party, and the client asked whether he could come, and bring a friend. This is the friend - and the last to leave. The entire play features the back and forth between them, as (almost) every obstacle you could reasonably think of arises in conversation to prevent them beginning a relationship. It starts really slowly. Like, really. Five minutes or more of them just kind of staring at each other. And once they did start to speak, honestly, the audience found it far funnier than I did (what a surprise). However, I got into the pace after a while - and there's a lot to like here. It's quite true to life - except that, in real life, he'd have left a lot quicker in such an awkward situation. (Warning - expect swearing and adult themes.) The staging is great - it all takes place in one room; this is obvious from the start, with so much attention to detail. Still, it doesn't deserve some of the glowing reviews I've seen - or do they do that for anything with mass appeal? Steep ticket prices, too. Nah, I think you'd be better off at The Mousetrap, next door.

u2fancat 5'6'', 42 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I'm not sure that I completely understood the hype surrounding Beginning. I booked a ticket as it has received five stars from aud... More

susannahrosemn 5"3, 138 reviews, 4 helpful votes

I'm not sure that I completely understood the hype surrounding Beginning. I booked a ticket as it has received five stars from audiences and critics alike, but didn't expect it to be such a slow moving story. It's incredibly understated, and maybe that's the point, but I couldn't really figure out the situation, other than it was a relatively normal conversation with a lot of drawn-out pauses. Maybe I missed something, but maybe it just wasn't my cup of tea.

susannahrosemn 5"3, 138 reviews, 4 helpful votes

a great modern day anti-romance romance story. Really intelligent and great observations of life today.

nathandowling 26 reviews, 0 helpful votes

a great modern day anti-romance romance story. Really intelligent and great observations of life today.

nathandowling 26 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Amazing central performances.

simonmilligan 6"2, 121 reviews, 3 helpful votes

Amazing central performances.

simonmilligan 6"2, 121 reviews, 3 helpful votes

I was bored stiff for the first half hour but by the end truly understood the play. I wouldn't see it again but I did buy the scri... More

-A 5"2, 25 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I was bored stiff for the first half hour but by the end truly understood the play. I wouldn't see it again but I did buy the script as there are some lovely monologues. The story is quite interesting once underway but overall a very slow play.

-A 5"2, 25 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Absolutely LOVED this play. The chemistry between the two actors was completely believable, and everything about it was brilliant... More

jamesatwill 178, 99 reviews, 5 helpful votes

Absolutely LOVED this play. The chemistry between the two actors was completely believable, and everything about it was brilliant. Very well written - wasn't quite what I was expecting in a lot of parts, and it was very moving. I'm tempted to go back again!

jamesatwill 178, 99 reviews, 5 helpful votes

Overall a brilliant two hander production which has you laughing one minute, shocked the next and empathising all the time with ea... More

paulfootie 6'3", 88 reviews, 3 helpful votes

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!

paulfootie 6'3", 88 reviews, 3 helpful votes

Fantastic show... Millennial stuff, loneliness and our place in the world.

wendygreenberg Small, 8 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Fantastic show... Millennial stuff, loneliness and our place in the world.

wendygreenberg Small, 8 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I really enjoyed Beginning, it was both funny and poignant. Justine Mitchell and Sam Troughton were both brilliant and an absolut... More

angelahorton 9 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I really enjoyed Beginning, it was both funny and poignant. Justine Mitchell and Sam Troughton were both brilliant and an absolute joy to watch. The setting was also wonderful. The play takes place in the early hours of the morning following a party and it happens in real time. The play lasts 1 hour and 50 minutes without an interval.

angelahorton 9 reviews, 0 helpful votes