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National Theatre - Olivier

Anne-Marie Duff stars in DC Moore’s dark, yet hilarious tale of England in the midst of the murky industrial revolution at the National this July! Directed by Jeremy Herrin (People, Places and Things, This House) this epic story follows Annie-Marie Duff’s Mary, a rogue, thief and faker, returning to her old homeland only to be unexpectedly swept up into a battle for its soul.

Anne-Marie Duff takes on the starring role in DC Moore’s darkly funny period piece at National this summer. Directed by Jeremy Herrin, Artistic Director of the acclaimed theatre company Headlong, this epic tale of identity and cultural upheaval arrives at to the Olivier Theatre for a limited run 20th July – 5th August 2017.

Common is set in the early 19th century, at a time of transformation. Anne-Marie Duff plays Mary, an orphaned girl, believed to have drowned many years previously. She returns home from London in search of the woman she loves, Cush Jumbo’s Laura. Mary is a skilled and prolific liar and soon turns her talents to feigning psychic powers drawing the attention of Tim McMullan’s wealthy but heirless landowner. The two form a bond that sets Mary on a path to destruction.

Jeremy Herrin directs the piece fresh of the back of Headlong’s critically acclaimed sell-out hit People, Places and Things now embarking on a full UK tour. Recently Herrin has captained several epic historical works including adaptions of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies for which he received nominations for both the Olivier and Tony Award for Best Director.

Anne-Marie Duff is a BAFTA nominated actress with a litany of TV, film and theatre credits to her name including Suffragette, Nowhere Boy and Channel 4’s Shameless. She returns to the West End this year for the UK debut of Simon Stephens’ exciting new play Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle at the Wyndham’s Theatre.

This stellar cast and crew make Common an unmissable night out at the theatre this summer.

Performance dates:
04 Aug 2017 - 05 Aug 2017
Running time:
2 hours and 25 minutes.
Age recommendation:
Audience Notes:
Fans of Anne-Marie Duff incredible on-screen performances should ensure they get the chance to see her starring as the cutthroat protagonist of DC Moore’s fascinating new script.

Common Reviews

30 Reviews
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  • 4 Stars23%
  • 3 Stars20%
  • 2 Stars30%
  • 1 Stars13%

User Reviews


A wonderfully dark story about love, deceit and vengeance. Anne-Marie Duff is phenomenal as Mary. A powerful, witty and sometimes gory story that kept me hooked all the way through. I do not think any of the early reviews did it any justice and I wou Read more

Performance date: 25 July 2017

I enjoyed the play purely because of the cast. Anne-Marie Duff is brilliant in everything she does and Lois Chimimba was very funny. The play is about the act of enclosure in early 1800s. It's also about the relationship between two women.

Performance date: 19 July 2017

Despite the reviews, I thoroughly enjoyed this show. It was dark, sad and funny all at the same time. Anne-Marie Duff was a true leading lady and did a fantastic job of portraying Mary.

Performance date: 21 July 2017
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