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

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Overview

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

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'', 42 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Interesting stage design - as one remarked, they always have, here. A vertiginous 3D effect, with houses perched high on the wall - projections suggest additional design features that weren't actually built. The stage also revolves, revealing a hidden compartment under the lip that is initially at the back, which allows more intimate, and indoor, scenes to be played. I didn't really know what to expect from this play, whose promotional photo shows St. George, in mediaeval armour, looking a bit glum as he has a fry-up at a greasy spoon. In a way, it does exactly what it says on the tin - they have poor St. George travel through the ages, fighting a succession of different dragons as he goes. So, in the first part, you're lulled into a false sense of security, thinking that this is a conventional, mediaeval drama, as he appears, fights a - reasonably - conventional dragon, saves the damsel, then has to speed off again - more dragons to be slain, don'tcha know? Funny script, and seriously good surround sound effects for the dragon in this part - and the dragon is visually dramatic, if not quite up to CGI standard. Well, after vanquishing the dragon (spoiler), he leaves on his quest, urging the villagers to strive for more, and for better. By 'eck, they manage a lot in the year he's away - 700-odd years of progress, and they have factories, locomotives - and dragons of a different nature. That brought us up to the break, where I slipped out to the loo, and to get some chocolate (which was dinner - they're out of bread in the office, except seeded, which I don't like). After the break, not as much progress - they only managed to progress to the present day. But how can George make himself relevant in modern society? Indeed, do we even want him to? and if not, why not? Maybe his view is too black and white? Maybe we don't want to give up our achievements, even if they are damaging us as a society? Very interesting, thought-provoking play - I liked it very much, and it's a shame all those seats were left empty.

u2fancat 5'6'', 42 reviews, 0 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 ... More

joc78 5"4, 252 reviews, 4 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 to slay the dragon in each era quite baffling and silly. The dragon itself seemed to be a metaphor for the demon in each and every one of us but for me the message didn’t really come across well on stage. The only thing I was impressed with was the set design which made good use of the Olivier’s huge stage (however the arrival of the dragon’s head felt very amateur to me). It was a shame the theatre was half empty when I went – it’s the quietest I’ve seen the Olivier!

joc78 5"4, 252 reviews, 4 helpful votes

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 dragon... More

alisonreneti 5'3, 49 reviews, 4 helpful votes

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 when in fact it moved through quite a few eras with an unusual twist at the end. The actor that played Saint George was very good.

alisonreneti 5'3, 49 reviews, 4 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 l... More

marymckeogh 8 reviews, 0 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 cast and the dialogue between them all was great to follow. I love when there's lots of people involved. I laughed a bit and found it easy to follow but felt the ending was a bit weak.

marymckeogh 8 reviews, 0 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. W... More

bryonyjameson 5"7, 58 reviews, 1 helpful vote

An enjoyable show but not one I'd rave about. Julian Bleach (or Davros to Whovians) absolutely stole the show as the Dragon. Without him, I don't think I'd have enjoyed this as much as I did.

bryonyjameson 5"7, 58 reviews, 1 helpful vote

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

Lethaniel-S-C 6", 59 reviews, 0 helpful votes

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

Lethaniel-S-C 6", 59 reviews, 0 helpful votes

scorpiusmalfoy 5"6, 88 reviews, 4 helpful votes

scorpiusmalfoy 5"6, 88 reviews, 4 helpful votes

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

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

This show has great potential - good direction, amazing set, good actors but the play itself has its moments but the story not very captivating and can drag. Worth going to if you want to see the skills of the National Theatre but not for the play itself.

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

It was a show of two halves really. The first half was the stronger of the two, but the whole production had a slightly amateur fe... More

catch22 6"1, 41 reviews, 2 helpful votes

It was a show of two halves really. The first half was the stronger of the two, but the whole production had a slightly amateur feel to it. The actors were fine, and the set was pretty nice. The dragon set up was weird, and didn't really work for me.

catch22 6"1, 41 reviews, 2 helpful votes