Saint George and the Dragon at National Theatre - Olivier tickets
Saint George and the Dragon at National Theatre - Olivier tickets

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About the show

Described as a new folk tale for an uneasy nation, director Lyndsey Turner brings the epic tale of Saint George and the Dragon to the National Theatre’s Olivier stage for a strictly limited winter season. A recipient of the Edgerton Foundation New Plays Award, the production follows the revival of beloved musical Follies, starring Imelda Staunton and Janie Dee.

Set in a little village, Saint George and the Dragon is the well-known story that combines the fairytale dragon and damsel in distress. When wandering Knight George walks in, an impressive battle ensues and sees a new nation born. George is a freedom fighter and an enemy of tyrants across the world.

As the village grows into a town, then into a large city, the inexplicable myth of Saint George is doubted. The legend that once brought people together quickly threatens to divide them.

Oppenheimer’s John Heffernan stars as George, opposite Suzanne Ahmet, Jason Barnett, Julian Bleach, Luke Brady, Paul Brennen, Joe Caffrey, Paul Cawley, Richard Goulding, Gawn Grainger, Tamzin Griggin, Stephanie Jacob, Olwen May, Victoria Moseley, Conor Neaves, Amaka Okafor, Sharita Oomeer, Jeff Rawle, Kirsty Rider and Grace Saif.

Lyndsey Turner directs the production, with previous credits including Hamlet, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Chimerica and Light Shining in Buckinghamshire. Creative team includes designer Rae Smith, lighting designer Bruno Poet and sound designer Christopher Shutt, with choreography by Lynne Page and music by Grant Olding.

Saint George and the Dragon is the fun folk tale that brings the story well into the future. Playing at the Olivier Theatre throughout winter, the production runs from October 4th to December 2nd 2017, with an official press night on October 11th 2017.

Recommended for

Fans of Lyndsey Turner’s work will recognise her signature style here, whilst the engaging story is sure to enthral theatregoers of all ages. Catapulted into the future, this is not one to miss!

Age Recommendations: Suitable for 13+.

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes (including an interval)
Opened: 07 Oct 2017
Press night: 11 Oct 2017
Booking from: 01 Dec 2017
Booking until: 02 Dec 2017

Location and map

National Theatre - Olivier
National Theatre, Upper Ground
London, SE1 9PX

28 Reviews Add review

I really enjoyed the show although it wasn’t at all what I was expecting. I expected it to be all medieval with knights and dragons... More

alisonreneti 5'3, 69 reviews, 4 helpful votes

A great and refreshing take on the mythical story of "Saint George And The Dragon".

Lethaniel-S-C 6", 52 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Interesting stage design - as one remarked, they always have, here. A vertiginous 3D effect, with houses perched high on the wall -... More

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

‘Saint George and the Dragon’ was a disappointment for me. It was split into 3 parts /eras and I found the story of Saint George trying... More

joc78 5"4, 435 reviews, 7 helpful votes

An enjoyable show but not one I'd rave about. Julian Bleach (or Davros to Whovians) absolutely stole the show as the Dragon. Without... More

bryonyjameson 5"7, 120 reviews, 2 helpful votes

hayleyculverhouse 5"5, 184 reviews, 3 helpful votes

I really enjoyed all the sets and props, there was lots going on and it was very impressive and entertaining. I also enjoyed the large... More

marymckeogh 9 reviews, 0 helpful votes

This show has great potential - good direction, amazing set, good actors but the play itself has its moments but the story not very... More

TheatreCrazyMum 5'3", 32 reviews, 1 helpful vote

doonakebab 5'10", 189 reviews, 4 helpful votes