Absolute Hell at the National Theatre

Read our Absolute Hell review from the National Theatre.

It’s going to be Absolute Hell at the National Theatre this spring with the arrival of Rodney Ackland’s controversial wartime drama.

Ackland’s extraordinary, provocative, play was condemned as ‘a libel on the British people’ when first performed in 1952.

Now Absolute Hell emerges as an intoxicating plunge into post-war Soho; full of despair and longing. Joe Hill-Gibbins returns to the NT to direct a large ensemble in this new production.

Bomb-blasted London. A Soho den in the hangover from World War II, where members drink into the darkness, night after night. Lying, fighting and seducing, these lost souls and bruised lovers struggle from the rubble of war towards an unknown future.

The cast includes Esh Alladi, Joanna David, Charles Edwards, Patricia England, Kate Fleetwood, Jenny Galloway, Aaron Heffernan, Lloyd Hutchinson, Martins Imhangbe, Stephanie Jacob, Prasanna Puwanarajah, Anita Reynolds, John Sackville, Liza Sadovy, Jonathan Slinger, Eileen Walsh and Danny Webb.

Absolute Hell was first performed in the Lyttelton Theatre, at the National, in 1995, directed by Anthony Page. The cast included Judi Dench as Christine Foskett, who won an Olivier Award for Best Actress for her performance the following year.

Absolute Hell runs from April 18 – May 23.

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