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

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About the show

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
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

I enjoyed the play purely because of the cast. Anne-Marie Duff is brilliant in everything she does and Lois Chimimba was very funny.... More

angelahorton 14 reviews, 0 helpful votes

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

YM 168, 134 reviews, 6 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... More

YM 168, 134 reviews, 6 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... More

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 discernible... More

jgblunners 6'2", 224 reviews, 3 helpful votes

Not great, difficult to understand.

Marie-Polo 16 reviews, 0 helpful votes

LondonLass 5"1, 248 reviews, 14 helpful votes

jeannetteshipman 36 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... More

bryonyjameson 5"7, 120 reviews, 2 helpful votes