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Jack Absolute Flies Again Tickets

National Theatre - Olivier

Richard Bean and Oliver Chris’ vintage, high-spirited new comedy flies into the Olivier Theatre.

A riotous new wartime comedy

A high-spirited new comedy is filling the South Bank with good old-fashioned fun this year, as Jack Absolute Flies Again plays at the National Theatre.

In July 1940, Pilot Officer Jack Absolute returns to British soil and wants to win the heart of his old sweetheart, heiress Lydia Languish. His attempts soon descend into anarchy however, when Lydia lays out her very particular demands for a relationship.

Based on Sheridan’s The Rivals, Jack Absolute Flies Again is co-written by Richard Bean and Oliver Chris. Bean is best known for One Man, Two Guvnors, which is still considered one of the funniest plays to ever grace the National Theatre stage. This joyously entertaining new play from Bean and Chris is directed by Emily Burns (The Comeback).

The Jack Absolute Flies Again London cast includes Caroline Quentin, Laurie Davidson, Natalie Simpson, and Kelvin Fletcher.

Public service announcement: you’ll have a rollicking good time at the National’s Olivier Theatre with Jack Absolute Flies Again tickets! The show is currently running until 3 September 2022.

Sorry this show closed 03 September 2022, we recommend these similar productions.

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Performance dates:
02 Sep 2022 - 03 Sep 2022
Running time:
2 hours and 30 minutes including an interval.
Age recommendation:
Best for age 12+
Audience Notes:
Jack Absolute Flies Again features strong language, sexual references, and battle sequences with strobe and flashing lights and gun shots.

Jack Absolute Flies Again Reviews

87 Reviews
  • 5 Stars70%
  • 4 Stars26%
  • 3 Stars2%
  • 2 Stars0%
  • 1 Stars1%

User Reviews


Based on the 1775 farce “The Rivals” by Richard Brinsley Sheridan the backdrop for this show is WWII’s Battle of Britain in 1940. The play is based at Mrs Malaprop’s stately home, which has become the base for RAF personnel, where several fighter pil Read more

Performance date: 13 August 2022

Clever sets which move to the centre of the stage when in use, all very elaborate. Caroline Quentin was a delight as Mrs Malaprop - brilliant puns that came so fast you had to be on the ball not to miss any gems. Laugh out loud funny. Must see and nu Read more

Performance date: 15 August 2022

Hilarious. Not for the sensitive soul as this is all about bawdy seaside postcard type humour. Great cast all give perfect performances - their timing is excellent and its pitched just right, the whole audience were laughing loudly which is nice to s Read more

Performance date: 15 August 2022
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