Absolute Hell - Lyttelton Theatre, National

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Venue Information
Lyttelton Theatre, National

Lyttelton Theatre, National
South Bank
London
London
SE1 9PX

Seating Plan

Directions

Directions
(10mins) Follow signs for exits to the South Bank. This should lead you to an underground pedestrian passage called ‘Sutton Walk’ that emerges at the South Bank. Turn right and walk along the river Thames until you see the National Theat

Absolute Hell

Rodney Ackland’s Absolute Hell has had a contentious history, but that has not stopped it from finding success on the stage, attracting audiences to its productions and retaining its power in 2018, more than 60 years since it was first presented to theatregoers.

With that in mind expect all eyes on the Lyttelton National Theatre as Ackland’s tale of Soho drinking in post-War London heads to the stage on South Bank. With names like Kate Fleetwood and Jonathan Slinger, amongst others, in lead roles, plus direction from Jo Hill-Gibbons, it will be an extraordinary insight into a bygone world.

Set in a Soho drinking establishment, Absolute Hell focuses on those that drink there each night, with the rubble or war-torn London around them.

The play was first penned in the early 1950s and was then named The Pink Room, only becoming Absolute Hell when Ackland amended the script in later decades as attitudes towards the theatre changed. The late writer also penned plays like After October during his illustrious career.

Kate Fleetwood will provide one of many familiar faces in Absolute Hell, appearing in the show on the back of numerous stage shows over the years. In recent times these have included Ugly Lies The Bone at the National Theatre, High Society at the Old Vic Theatre and King Lear at the National Theatre. She has also made her way to the screen in numerous films and television programmes from Beirut to London Road.

Absolute Hell runs at the Lyttelton National Theatre from Wednesday 25th April 2018 (previews from Wednesday 18th April 2018).

Show Information
Booking From: Thursday, 14th June 2018
Booking Until: Saturday, 16th June 2018
Show Status: production_closed
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