Consent at Harold Pinter Theatre tickets
Consent at Harold Pinter Theatre tickets

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Overview

Nina Raine’s five-star, critically-acclaimed new play Consent transfers from National Theatre to the West End’s Harold Pinter Theatre for a limited run. A modern-day tragi-comedy, this pertinent production puts the law and modern relationships under the microscope as all truths are challenged.

A searing insight into the legal system and their discussion of consent, the story of two barrister friends taking opposing sides of a rape case that forms a background to their respective domestic troubles is a cutting look at marriage, infidelity and empathy.

Originally co-produced by Out of Joint, Sonia Friedman Productions is backing the show’s run in London’s theatreland. Consent is written by Nina Raine, whose previous credits include Longing, Tiger Country, Behind the Image and Rabbit and Tribes, whilst her 2006 debut play Rabbit earned Raine awards for Most Promising Playwright.

Original cast members Heather Craney (Vera Drake, Life of Riley, Torchwood) and Adam James (Band of Brothers, King Charles III, Doctor Who) reprise their roles from the run at the National Theatre in the West End. Joining them are Claudie Blakley (Once in a Lifetime, The Painkiller, Rules for Living) and Stephen Campbell Moore (Photograph 51, Chimerica, Clybourne Park), as well as Clare Foster, Lee Ingleby and Thusitha Jayasundera.

Film and theatre veteran Roger Mitchell (Waste) directs, with further creative team including set designer Hildegard Bechtler, costume designer Dinah Collin, lighting designer Rick Fisher and sound designer John Leonard, with compositions by Kate Whitley.

A sharp, witty and charged new play that remains ever-relevant, Consent plays at the West End’s Harold Pinter Theatre for a strictly limited season. The production runs at the venue from 18 May to 11 August 2018, with a press night on 29 May 2018.

Recommended for

Audiences that love searing naturalism, relationship dramas and plays about socio-political issues won’t want to miss this fantastic new play. With the #MeToo movement drawing attention to consent, this aptly titled work could not be more relevant to our times.

Age Recommendations: Recommended 15+

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Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes (including an interval)
Opened: 18 May 2018
Press night: 29 May 2018
Booking from: 22 Jun 2018
Booking until: 11 Aug 2018

Next available performances

DateMatineeEvening
Friday 22 Jun 2018--7:30pm
Saturday 23 Jun 20182:30pm7:30pm
Monday 25 Jun 2018--7:30pm
Tuesday 26 Jun 2018--7:30pm
Wednesday 27 Jun 20182:30pm7:30pm
Thursday 28 Jun 2018--7:30pm
Friday 29 Jun 2018--7:30pm

Location and map

Harold Pinter Theatre
Panton Street
London, SW1Y 4DN

14 Reviews Add review

Consent has transferred from the Dorfman. Staging often felt like it should be in the round but worked well. Good ensemble piece t... More

braintree 155cm, 47 reviews, 5 helpful votes

Consent has transferred from the Dorfman. Staging often felt like it should be in the round but worked well. Good ensemble piece too but it has been marketed terribly. If people think they are getting a drama about consent as a concept then they aren't. At best it touches on consent when a relationship breaks down but it really isn't the whole #metoo thinkpiece the posters say it is. I am also not entirely sure the section with a victim of rape (Heather Craney) and her trial entirely works. Craney's performance felt too much like a performance of a "messed up woman" whose lack of understanding of the legal system leads to a lack of convicition, but if she is so unreliable why did it go to trial? What evidence do we have? To have the actual issue of Consent brushed over in favour of middle-class romantic entanglements seems insensitive. It is interesting and provokes moral outrage about victim representation in the court but the way it serves the story feels a bit contrived. In fact at times the whole thing feels like a sexy new BBC drama about barristers that was rejected because Silk didn't do very well and because it is a play we just see the edited highlights that catch you up on each episode. Adam James, Stephen Campbell-Moore and Claudie Blakeley are well cast. James plays the same character he always plays but does it well but Campbell-Moore and Blakely handle the sometimes melodramtic material well. I thought Clare Foster's gurning Zara was miscast. Foster is a great comic actress but this play isn't funny enough to play to her strengths and is better in her serious scenes but the characters and scenarios often feel underwritten and rushed. Overall it was compelling evening but it was clearly a drama about relationships rather than consent. I think the marketing needs a rethink.

braintree 155cm, 47 reviews, 5 helpful votes

Consent is generally quite an interesting and entertaining play, but one that feels like it could have been better than what it ac... More

shaun 5"10, 130 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Consent is generally quite an interesting and entertaining play, but one that feels like it could have been better than what it actually achieves. It is fast-paced and funny, and the direction makes the most of many of the humorous lines, helping them work towards developing characters with some depth. The backdrop of the in-court versus out-of-court effects of sexual consent on a group of lawyers works well, but where it could have been a deep and complex exploration of ideas, it just ends up more as a pithy plot line to a well constructed but fairly run of the mill portrayal of infidelity in a group of friends.

shaun 5"10, 130 reviews, 4 helpful votes

This is the second time I have seen Nina Raine's play (having seen it last year at the Dorfman Theatre) and it doesn't disappoint.... More

joc78 5"4, 258 reviews, 4 helpful votes

This is the second time I have seen Nina Raine's play (having seen it last year at the Dorfman Theatre) and it doesn't disappoint. The quality of acting is superb particularly from Stephen Campbell More, Claudie Blakeley and Lee Ingleby. It is indeed a very harrowing subject matter and wont' lift your spirits but is incredibly thought provoking and harrowing in equal measure. For me, moving it to the West End to a large theatre somehow loses its intensity, but it is still worth seeing.

joc78 5"4, 258 reviews, 4 helpful votes

The first half of the show was excellent- it dealt with some very difficult issues and raised some excellent points about the just... More

emilydiver 5"0, 197 reviews, 14 helpful votes

The first half of the show was excellent- it dealt with some very difficult issues and raised some excellent points about the justice system whilst being amusing. The second half unfortunately lost its way and even to an extent undermined what had happened in the first half which was a little disappointing.

emilydiver 5"0, 197 reviews, 14 helpful votes

The show was ok but I left feeling like I could have done without seeing it. I thought that I was getting a really interesting sho... More

-A 5"2, 28 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The show was ok but I left feeling like I could have done without seeing it. I thought that I was getting a really interesting show about rape and ideas surrounding consent but it was more about the relationships of some lawyers and a hint of serious discussion around consent which gets forgotten and left unresolved in the end. The show is really slow and I hated the scene change music. There were some good bits but ultimately I would have rather have saved the money and time instead of seeing the show.

-A 5"2, 28 reviews, 0 helpful votes

markeastaugh 6"1, 142 reviews, 1 helpful vote

markeastaugh 6"1, 142 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Bickering posh middle class families. Barristers dealing with a rape case. Lots to take in and suck up. Like, not sure, well acted... More

barrythompson1 39 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Bickering posh middle class families. Barristers dealing with a rape case. Lots to take in and suck up. Like, not sure, well acted yes

barrythompson1 39 reviews, 0 helpful votes

An intelligent and thought-provoking look at the justice system, sexual assault, and how innocent any of us really are.

oughttobeclowns 5'7, 264 reviews, 33 helpful votes

An intelligent and thought-provoking look at the justice system, sexual assault, and how innocent any of us really are.

oughttobeclowns 5'7, 264 reviews, 33 helpful votes

Great performances, funny, upsetting, interesting and it gives you a lot to think about.

ilanalindsey 5"1', 19 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Great performances, funny, upsetting, interesting and it gives you a lot to think about.

ilanalindsey 5"1', 19 reviews, 0 helpful votes