I'm Not Running at National Theatre - Lyttelton tickets
I'm Not Running at National Theatre - Lyttelton tickets

I'm Not Running


David Hare is one of British theatre’s most prolific living playwrights, with his scripts, screenplays and adaptations numbering well into the dozens. His newest play, I’m Not Running, premieres on the Lyttelton stage at the National Theatre this autumn, for a strictly limited season.

I’m Not Running delves into contemporary politics and health services, following Dr Pauline Gibson and her Labour Party member ex-boyfriend, Jack. When the two reunite, Pauline must decide whether to run, or not. Is it worth sacrificing your personal life for a cause you hold dear? And what are the repercussions of your choices?

Casting includes Sian Brooke as Pauline, with credits including Dido Queen of Carthage at the National Theatre and Absolutely! Perhaps in the West End. Further cast members are Alex Hassell, Joshua McGuire, Amaka Okafor, Liza Sadovy and Bridgid Zegeni.

Neil Armfield directs this new play. The Australian director was the founding Artistic Director of Company B, has worked across Australia, Canada, the US and the UK. Writer David Hare’s recent plays include The Red Barn, The Moderate Soprano, Collateral and Denial. He writes for the stage and screen, and has won numerous awards, including two Olivier Awards, a BAFTA and three Tony Award nominations.

Further creative team includes set designer Ralph Myers, costumer designer Sussie Juhlin-Wallen, lighting design by Jon Clark and sound design by Paul Arditti, with music by Alan John.

Do you dare run? David Hare’s highly-anticipated new play forces you to consider your choices and evaluate the importance of your actions. I’m Not Running plays at the National’s Lyttelton Theatre from 2 October 2018 to 31 January 2019, with a press night on 9 October 2018.

Recommended for

A new David Hare play, especially one promising current socio-political reference, is guaranteed to attract British theatre and new writing fans alike.

Age Recommendations: Not suitable for children

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Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 40 mins (including interval)
Opened: 02 Oct 2018
Press night: 09 Oct 2018
Booking from: 02 Oct 2018
Booking until: 31 Jan 2019

Location and map

National Theatre - Lyttelton
National Theatre, Southbank
London, SE1 9PX

5 Reviews Add review

Ignore the professional critics. This is a great play. It will resonate with anyone who has experienced personal, professional and... More

scottpalmer 1 review, 0 helpful votes

An outstanding performance from Sian Brooke but unfortunately let down by some slow writing. Does not fulfil its promise to be 'ex... More

louisemmitt 15 reviews, 0 helpful votes

A rather uninspired look at left-wing politics in Britain, not Hare's best.

oughttobeclowns 5'7, 292 reviews, 36 helpful votes

LainerGertLush 5’4”, 38 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Plodding, tedious and totally lacking in drama.

kenth 1 review, 0 helpful votes