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After The Dance

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Terence Rattigan’s subtle, witty unmasking of the hedonistic 20s generation is a devastating study of repression and the human heart. Read More >

First staged in 1939, After The Dance is Terence Rattigan’s subtle, witty unmasking of the hedonistic 20s generation and is a devastating study of repression and the human heart. 

As the world races towards catastrophe in After The Dance, a crowd of Mayfair socialites party their way to oblivion. At its centre is David, who idles away his sober moments researching a futile book until the beautiful Helen decides to save him, shattering his marriage and learning too late the depth of both David’s indolence and his wife’s undeclared love. But with finances about to crash and humanity on the brink of global conflict, the drink keeps flowing and the revellers dance on.

After The Dance is directed by Thea Sharrock, who previously directed The Emperor Jones and Happy Now? at the National Theatre. In the West End the former Artistic Director of the Gate theatre has credits including The Misanthrope, Equus, A Voyage Round My Father and Heroes.

For more about After The Dance at the National Theatre, read the First Night Feature or the Big Interview with Benedict Cumberbatch.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 1/06/2010

Opening Night: 8/06/2010

Closing Night: 11/08/2010

Running time: 3h

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Cast & Creative


Nancy Carroll, Faye Castelow, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Heffeman, Adrian Scarborough, Pandora Colin, Giles Cooper, Jenny Galloway, Daniel Gosling, Juliet Howland, Nicholas Lumley, Laclan Nieboer, Leo Staar, Hannah Stokely, Giles Taylor, Richard Teverson, Charlotte Thornton


Director - Thea Sharrock

Producer - National Theatre

Designer - Hildegard Bechtler

Lighting Designer - Mark Henderson

Sound - Ian Dickinson

Author - Terence Rattigan

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