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    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 25 minutes

    Age recommendation: 15+

    Special notice: 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.

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    SeatPlan Recommends: Audiences wishing to immerse themselves in the strange and beautiful world of Common should head directly to the front of the stalls for a fantastic view.

    Latest audience reviews

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

    angelahorton 03 Mar 2018

    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.

    angelahorton 03 Mar 2018

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

    YM Top 200 reviewer26 Jul 2017

    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 Top 200 reviewer26 Jul 2017

    Despite the reviews, I thoroughly enjoyed this show. It was dark, sad and funny all at the same time.... More

    YM Top 200 reviewer21 Jul 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.

    YM Top 200 reviewer21 Jul 2017

    The manner in which the set, the acting and the story intertwined into a uniquely compulsive spectacle... More

    sketchitout 12 Aug 2017

    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 12 Aug 2017

    Apart from a couple of very good performances and some nice design, this is an unremarkable play. The... More

    JGBlunners Top 50 reviewer09 Jul 2017

    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 Top 50 reviewer09 Jul 2017

    Not great, difficult to understand.

    Marie-Polo 19 Jan 2018
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