Common at National Theatre - Olivier tickets
Common at National Theatre - Olivier tickets

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Overview

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.

Recommended for

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.

Age Recommendations: 15+

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 25 minutes
Opened: 20 Jul 2017
Press night: 20 Jul 2017
Booking from: 04 Aug 2017
Booking until: 05 Aug 2017

Location and map

National Theatre - Olivier
National Theatre, Upper Ground
London, SE1 9PX

29 Reviews Add review

A wonderfully dark story about love, deceit and vengeance. Anne-Marie Duff is phenomenal as Mary. A powerful, witty and sometimes ... More

YM 168, 119 reviews, 3 helpful votes

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 would recommend you go see it. It really deserves a better reception than it got.

YM 168, 119 reviews, 3 helpful votes

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 l... More

YM 168, 119 reviews, 3 helpful votes

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.

YM 168, 119 reviews, 3 helpful votes

The manner in which the set, the acting and the story intertwined into a uniquely compulsive spectacle was a marvel to behold. Li... More

sketchitout 1.70m, 3 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The manner in which the set, the acting and the story intertwined into a uniquely compulsive spectacle was a marvel to behold. Like a fairground ride this show has highs and lows and abrupt standstills which unfailingly induce visceral emotions and thoughtful rationation.

sketchitout 1.70m, 3 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Apart from a couple of very good performances and some nice design, this is an unremarkable play. The language is odd for no disce... More

jgblunners 6'2", 119 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Apart from a couple of very good performances and some nice design, this is an unremarkable play. The language is odd for no discernible reason, the plot and some of the characters are poorly defined, and there is no one distinctive style - it seems to be a mashup of many different styles that the playwright wanted to try and it doesn't really work.

jgblunners 6'2", 119 reviews, 2 helpful votes

I saw 'Common' - it was watchable with some good bits (the talking crow in particular). Just didn't seem to go anywhere. Just very... More

bryonyjameson 5"7, 58 reviews, 1 helpful vote

I saw 'Common' - it was watchable with some good bits (the talking crow in particular). Just didn't seem to go anywhere. Just very average.

bryonyjameson 5"7, 58 reviews, 1 helpful vote

katsonstage 5'8", 123 reviews, 4 helpful votes

katsonstage 5'8", 123 reviews, 4 helpful votes

dawnbsp 4ft 11, 234 reviews, 2 helpful votes

dawnbsp 4ft 11, 234 reviews, 2 helpful votes

dawnbsp 4ft 11, 234 reviews, 2 helpful votes

dawnbsp 4ft 11, 234 reviews, 2 helpful votes

dawnbsp 4ft 11, 234 reviews, 2 helpful votes

dawnbsp 4ft 11, 234 reviews, 2 helpful votes