Ugly Lies the Bone at National Theatre - Lyttelton tickets
Ugly Lies the Bone at National Theatre - Lyttelton tickets

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Overview

Ugly Lies The Bone, the play by award-winning playwright Lindsey Ferrentino made its debut and the National Theatre’s Lyttleton Theatre, with performances having began on 22nd February 2017 and runs until 6th June 2017.

Lindsey Ferrentino made her UK debut with this exciting and funny new drama that pulls no punches. Born in Florida, Ferrentino has been the recipient of a range of awards, including the 2016 Kesserling Prize, the Laurents/Hatcher Citation of Excellence and the Paul Newman Drama Award.

When it premiered in an extended off Broadway run at Roundabout Theatre Company, Ugly Lies the Bone was received with great critical acclaim, selling out the opening run and generating new productions across America.

Ugly Lies the Bone tells the story of Jess, who is returning to a small town in Florida. On the Space Coast, with time ticking away until the final shuttle is due to launch, Jess must face up to her past, as well as a home town that might have changed even more than she has.

Taking a leap by trailing an innovative virtual reality therapy, she creates a beautiful new world where she can run away from her pain. In this new world, she slowly begins to restore her relationship, her life and even herself.

Ugly Lies the Bone was directed by Indhu Rubasingham, the acclaimed artistic director of the Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn, who managed to feature on many critics’ favourite plays of the year lists in 2016 for her production of The Mother**ker with the Hat. Indhu Rabsingham was awarded an MBE for her services to drama, as well as winning the Asian Women of Achievement award and the Liberty Human Rights Award.

Ugly Lies the Bone featured a fantastic cast of acclaimed actors including Kate Fleetwood (Medea, High Society and King Lear) as Jess, as well as Kriss Marshall (My Family, Fat Pig and Treats), Ralf Little (Death in Paradise, Dead Funny and 24 Hour Party People), Buffy Davis (The Arches) and Olivia Darnley (Twelfth Night).

Having arrived at the National Theatre’s Olivier Theatre for its UK premiere, Ugly Lies the Bone was one of the most exciting new plays to hit the London stage in 2017, with it’s all-star cast and creative team. Ugly Lies the Bone began performances on 22nd February 2017, having had an official opening on 1st March 2017.

Recommended for

Ugly Lie the Bones is perfect for anyone who loves exciting and interesting new drama that can be funny as well as though provoking. Those who saw Indhu Rubasingham’s production of The Motherf**cker in the Hat at the National Theatre in 2016 should expect similar quality from this new production.

Age Recommendations: May not be suitable for young children

Dates and times

Running time: 1 hour 35 mins (no interval)
Opened: 22 Feb 2017
Press night: 01 Mar 2017
Booking from: 05 Jun 2017
Booking until: 06 Jun 2017

Location and map

National Theatre - Lyttelton
National Theatre, Southbank
London, SE1 9PX

37 Reviews Add review

I loved this show. It was different, interesting, beautifully performed, the simple set was stunning and so technically well put t... More

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 4 helpful votes

I loved this show. It was different, interesting, beautifully performed, the simple set was stunning and so technically well put together. The use of projection and pieces of set on runners going in and out was incredible. Another one act show that really couldn't or shouldn't be split and the length was perfect! I loved this and would recommend it to all!

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Ugly Lies The Bone seems to speed along at some pace. Kate Fleetwood takes on the central role with lots of credibility and I did... More

joc78 5"4, 252 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Ugly Lies The Bone seems to speed along at some pace. Kate Fleetwood takes on the central role with lots of credibility and I did enjoy Ralf Little’s performance. For me however there were too many loose threads/stories that needed to be explored in more detail and were not thorough enough. Credit should be given to the set designers however for a great set (which I think would look better from a seat further back in the stalls or in the circle).

joc78 5"4, 252 reviews, 4 helpful votes

A fabulous show telling the tale of an army vet who returns disabled after a war injury. We see her return to her home in extreme ... More

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

A fabulous show telling the tale of an army vet who returns disabled after a war injury. We see her return to her home in extreme pain and her sister and old friends are finding it hard to relate to her and vice versa. We see her try pain relief through virtual reality - the special effects for this are stunning and it was moving to see the potential for this kind of non-invasive treatment. It was also great to see comic actors in roles with more depth than their usual TV fodder.

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

The performances were all very good, particularly by Kate Fleetwood who was playing the central character. I loved the visual effe... More

londontheatrefan 5'4", 180 reviews, 5 helpful votes

The performances were all very good, particularly by Kate Fleetwood who was playing the central character. I loved the visual effects used to portray the virtual reality world being created, and thought it was very well staged. Worth catching this production while you still can.

londontheatrefan 5'4", 180 reviews, 5 helpful votes

I was very glad to have a second opportunity to see this production. I loved the visual effects used, and thought it was staged ex... More

londontheatrefan 5'4", 180 reviews, 5 helpful votes

I was very glad to have a second opportunity to see this production. I loved the visual effects used, and thought it was staged extremely well. The performances were great from all, and especially Kate Fleetwood in the lead role.

londontheatrefan 5'4", 180 reviews, 5 helpful votes

I was very glad to have a second opportunity to see this production. I loved the visual effects used, and thought it was staged ex... More

londontheatrefan 5'4", 180 reviews, 5 helpful votes

I was very glad to have a second opportunity to see this production. I loved the visual effects used, and thought it was staged extremely well. The performances were great from all, and especially Kate Fleetwood in the lead role.

londontheatrefan 5'4", 180 reviews, 5 helpful votes

Fantastic set design and very imaginative use of projections. The story left a bit to be desired, though and the actors were sligh... More

ruthc17 5"8, 51 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Fantastic set design and very imaginative use of projections. The story left a bit to be desired, though and the actors were slightly wooden in their performances, I felt.

ruthc17 5"8, 51 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Phenomenal. Moving, touching, raw, bitter but sweet. Cast incredible.

cristinaformica 1,60, 60 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Phenomenal. Moving, touching, raw, bitter but sweet. Cast incredible.

cristinaformica 1,60, 60 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Such a good show.

alinapuleston 5"4, 11 reviews, 3 helpful votes

Such a good show.

alinapuleston 5"4, 11 reviews, 3 helpful votes