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    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.

    Performance dates: 02 Oct 2018 - 31 Jan 2019

    Running time: 2 hours 40 mins (including interval)

    Age recommendation: Not suitable for children

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

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    Despite extremely negative reviews, I really enjoyed David Hare's new play. It's definitely one worth... More

    albuspotter Top 50 reviewer24 Jan 2019

    Despite extremely negative reviews, I really enjoyed David Hare's new play. It's definitely one worth seeing either at the theatre or when it's broadcast to cinema's! Siân Brooke and Joshua McGuire give a masterclass in acting!

    albuspotter Top 50 reviewer24 Jan 2019

    Considering all the mediocre reviews this show had, I was expecting something bad. What I got was a... More

    joc78 Top 10 reviewer30 Jan 2019

    Considering all the mediocre reviews this show had, I was expecting something bad. What I got was a very well acted, fast paced performance, highly engrossing and well written. A pleasant surprise!

    joc78 Top 10 reviewer30 Jan 2019
    tmessenger 05 Jan 2019

    The play is political - centring on an independent MP who is rumoured to be running for the position... More

    u2fancat Top 200 reviewer03 Dec 2018

    The play is political - centring on an independent MP who is rumoured to be running for the position of leader of the Labour Party. The opening scene, complete with a bank of microphones, has her PA attempting to read a short statement to the effect that she will not be running. He has said that he absolutely will not take questions, but is repeatedly ignored by the members of the press, and ends up doing so anyway. The audience found this funny. I found it irritating. The first half includes one more scene from the present day, but is mostly concerned with flashbacks that show her development from a medical student in 1997, to a doctor with socialist leanings in 2009. Well, I should rather say that it jumps between these scenes. And there's an ongoing theme of a romantic connection between her and a chap who becomes a Labour MP. I can't tell you what the second half was like - I couldn't wait for the interval, and my chance to leave. I should have had more sense than to book anything about politics, really - I just couldn't get into it, although there were a couple of clever bits. The staging is also good, a revolving room with two walls, on which political interviews with the characters are projected. They were excellent at switching props during these revolutions, so that when the room was exposed again, we were in a different setting. I might have been able to stand it - if not for her intensely annoying, shouty, whiny voice! Maybe that's what you get when you enter politics - maybe she always sounds like that, I dunno.

    u2fancat Top 200 reviewer03 Dec 2018

    Very enjoyable, very good acting. In the second act the audience (certainly at the front) was blinded... More

    gillr4 22 Jan 2019

    Very enjoyable, very good acting. In the second act the audience (certainly at the front) was blinded by 2 spotlights which made watching the actors very uncomfortable indeed.

    gillr4 22 Jan 2019

    I really enjoyed this show, it was very well written, very current and very fast paced. The acting was... More

    emilygami Top 50 reviewer08 Dec 2018

    I really enjoyed this show, it was very well written, very current and very fast paced. The acting was excellent and the characters were complex rather than just political caricatures.

    emilygami Top 50 reviewer08 Dec 2018
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