Salome at National Theatre - Olivier tickets
Salome at National Theatre - Olivier tickets

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Overview

Internationally acclaimed director Yaël Farber adapts a compelling new production of Salomé at the National Theatre. Playing a limited season from May 2017, the bold new retelling of the story is drawn from multiple accounts that make it one epic piece of theatre.

Told and retold again, Salomé sees the infamous biblical tale flipped upside down, placing the young girl at the centre of a revolution. A fortress called Machaerus perches precariously above the Sea of Death, whilst a holy man is locked deep beneath the ground, after demanding freedom for his people.

It’s an occupied desert nation and hunger strikes are rife. But one girl’s mysterious dance is set to change the world forever. First seen in America, earning multiple Helen Hayes Awards, Farber’s reworking of Oscar Wilde’s play is a poignant exploration of women’s voices in history.

Casting includes Philip Arditti, Paul Chahidi, Ramzi Choukair, Uriel Emil, Olwen Fouéré, Roseanna Frascona, Aidan Kelly, Yasmin Levy, Theo T J Lowe, Isabella Niloufar, Lubana al Quntar, Raad Rawi and Stanley Townsend.

Salomé is adapted and directed by Yaël Farber (Les Blancs), with music by Adam Cork, lighting design by Tim Lutkin, sound by Adam Cork and movement direction by Ami Shulman. A hypnotic, enticing new production of the notorious story, Salomé played at the Olivier Theatre for a limited season.

Recommended for

Salomé is an epic tale bound to enthral any avid theatregoer.

Please note that Salomé contains nudity and is not suitable for young children.

Age Recommendations: May not be suitable for young children

Dates and times

Running time: 1 hour 45 mins (no interval)
Opened: 02 May 2017
Press night: 09 May 2017
Booking from: 14 Jul 2017
Booking until: 15 Jul 2017

Location and map

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

27 Reviews Add review

‘Salome’ was a bit of a curates egg for me. The acting was of a good standard, however I felt the storyline was pretty thin and w... More

joc78 5"4, 226 reviews, 3 helpful votes

‘Salome’ was a bit of a curates egg for me. The acting was of a good standard, however I felt the storyline was pretty thin and weak. Credit has to be given for the excellent staging however as it was good to see the huge Olivier Theatre stage used to maximum effect. At only 90 minutes long, this play felt an awful lot longer which is not always a good sign. I’m pleased I saw it but I wouldn’t be in a rush to see it again!

joc78 5"4, 226 reviews, 3 helpful votes

This is one of the most beautiful theatrical experiences I've ever had. It was like Caravaggio was painting a canvas in front of t... More

helenkeegan 5' 3", 38 reviews, 0 helpful votes

This is one of the most beautiful theatrical experiences I've ever had. It was like Caravaggio was painting a canvas in front of the audiences eyes. Absolutely sumptuous in that respect. I enjoyed the show immensely but the play itself is not without its flaws as the storyline was a bit tricky to follow at times. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed it.

helenkeegan 5' 3", 38 reviews, 0 helpful votes

This play is very stylised, particularly in the use of movement, but it's very well executed and there are some truly breathtaking... More

jgblunners 6'2", 109 reviews, 2 helpful votes

This play is very stylised, particularly in the use of movement, but it's very well executed and there are some truly breathtaking moments. The stylisation of the script doesn't quite work so well though.

jgblunners 6'2", 109 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Incredible specialist effects and visuals, however there was no interval and after a long day out in London was something we neede... More

chloelaw 3 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Incredible specialist effects and visuals, however there was no interval and after a long day out in London was something we needed. Although it was enjoyable to watch, with no previous research into the story it is tricky to work out what is going on.

chloelaw 3 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Some beautiful scenes and very clever technical design. All the music and accompaniment made the show evocative and really dramati... More

albuspotter 5"11, 114 reviews, 11 helpful votes

Some beautiful scenes and very clever technical design. All the music and accompaniment made the show evocative and really dramatic.

albuspotter 5"11, 114 reviews, 11 helpful votes

Interesting political retelling of Salomé's story, unfortunately deprived of its oxygen by an obtrusive direction. Yael Farber qui... More

sondheimkid 170, 142 reviews, 23 helpful votes

Interesting political retelling of Salomé's story, unfortunately deprived of its oxygen by an obtrusive direction. Yael Farber quite literally recurs to her usual tricks to create a visually stunning piece that could have been more subtly and better written.

sondheimkid 170, 142 reviews, 23 helpful votes

I remain unsure of my feelings about Salome. It was well-performed, and some of the staging/use of props was inspired. I loved the... More

dreamalongjoy 5"7, 37 reviews, 1 helpful vote

I remain unsure of my feelings about Salome. It was well-performed, and some of the staging/use of props was inspired. I loved the unique narration, and the inclusion of both subtitled language and live, onstage singing was affecting. I struggled to follow the plot at times, and the nudity felt a little gratuitous - but the concept and most of the execution was excellent.

dreamalongjoy 5"7, 37 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Just put on WIlde's profound and touching version rather than this dense, oddly jarring, and pretentious rubbish. It's odd because... More

sayers500 178cm, 87 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Just put on WIlde's profound and touching version rather than this dense, oddly jarring, and pretentious rubbish. It's odd because Yael Farber is a brilliant director but the pieces really don't fit together here. Some striking visual imagery though!

sayers500 178cm, 87 reviews, 1 helpful vote

emmatranter 164cm, 22 reviews, 2 helpful votes

emmatranter 164cm, 22 reviews, 2 helpful votes