Please note that remaining performances of The Visit have been cancelled following government advice regarding coronavirus (COVID-19).
When an enigmatic, impossibly rich woman called Claire Zachanassian returns to the small town she grew up in, it looks like fortune is finally smiling on the struggling citizens of Slurry, New York. She has a bank account that could lift the town out of its post-war recession, and the people are willing to do anything to keep her happy. But prosperity sometimes comes with a terrible price.
Lesley Manville stars as Claire Zachanassian. With two Olivier Awards and four BAFTA nominations to her name, she last appeared on stage in Long Day’s Journey into Night and the award-winning Ghosts.
Hugo Weaving - best known for blockbuster films including The Matrix and The Lord of the Rings - co-stars as Claire’s former lover, with past theatre credits including Solaris and Sydney Theatre Company’s Macbeth.
The Visit is adapted from Swiss playwright Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s play by Tony Kushner, whose epic and ambitious two-part work Angels in America defined a generation of American theatre.
Kushner’s vision is brought to the stage by Olivier Award winning director Jeremy Herrin (Wolf Hall; This House), set designer Vicki Mortimer (National Theatre: ANNA; Follies), lighting designer Paule Constable and costume designer Moritz Junge.
Featuring two first-class actors in an exhilarating game of vengeance, The Visit is a masterful new version of a modern classic. It runs at the National Theatre’s Olivier Theatre until 13 May 2020.
Important informationPlaying at: National Theatre - Olivier, National Theatre, Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PX
Performance dates: 05 Apr 2020 - 06 Apr 2020
Running time: 3 hours 30 minutes (including 2 intervals)
Age recommendation: TBC
Special notice: Anyone who relishes a complex drama will love The Visit thanks to its gripping story and lengthy running time.