About the show
Please note that remaining performances of The Welkin have been cancelled following government advice regarding coronavirus (COVID-19).
As Britain looks to the skies in anticipation of Halley’s comet, a rural village in Suffolk is transfixed by a scandalous murder. The accused, Sally Poppy, claims she is pregnant, and a jury of 12 women are called from their homes to consider the evidence. With the hand of justice bearing down and only midwife Lizzy ready to defend Sally, is she telling the truth – and will it save her?
Maxine Peake (BBC’s Silk; Manchester Royal Exchange: Hamlet) stars as Lizzy, having last appeared on the London stage in Avalanche: A Love Story at the Barbican Centre.
She is joined by a largely female cast including Ria Zmitrowicz (Almeida: The Doctor) as Sally, Cecilia Noble (Nine Night) as Emma, and Zainab Hasan ([BLANK]) as Mary.
The Welkin is Lucy Kirkwood’s follow-up to 2017’s Mosquitoes. Her other plays include the Olivier Award-winning Chimerica and Tony Award nominated The Children.
The creative team includes director James Macdonald (Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp.), set and costume designer Bunny Christie (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) and sound designer Carolyn Downing (Chimerica).
The Welkin is a compelling courtroom drama that shines a light on women’s untold history. This gripping new play runs at the National Theatre’s Lyttelton Theatre until 23 May 2020.
Recommended forThe Welkin digs into stories left out of the history books, making it perfect for anyone who enjoys complex theatre that looks back in order to speak to the present.
Age Recommendations: TBC. This production contains adult themes and violence that some people may find distressing.