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

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About the show

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

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

19 Reviews Add review

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

albuspotter 5"11, 260 reviews, 15 helpful votes

Considering all the mediocre reviews this show had, I was expecting something bad. What I got was a very well acted, fast paced performance,... More

joc78 5"4, 435 reviews, 7 helpful votes

tmessenger 6"0, 20 reviews, 1 helpful vote

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

u2fancat 5'6'', 93 reviews, 2 helpful votes

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

gillr4 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes

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

emilydiver 5"0, 292 reviews, 15 helpful votes

lisawiedemann 172, 137 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Great acting and staging. Story was very good but took me a while to get into it.

julierickwood 5' 6", 33 reviews, 1 helpful vote

rachelc16 48 reviews, 0 helpful votes