play-alt chevron-thin-right chevron-thin-left cancel


This show has now closed, please visit our London Shows page for a full list of current productions.

About the Show Less...

Mike Leigh's hugely successful revival of Ecstasy explores the frustrations of four working-class friends living in north London. Read More >

Following a hugely successful season at the Hampstead theatre, Mike Leigh’s Ecstasy transfers to the West End.

Exploring the frustrations of four working-class friends living in north London, Ecstasy is a lively comedy with dark overtones, which combines Leigh’s mastery for observation with a satirical caustic edge.

This production of Ecstasy marks the first time that Leigh has ever revisited one of his works and continues his relationship with Hampstead theatre, which began with Abigail’s Party in 1977.

Since his early theatrical works, which include Ecstasy, Leigh has gone on to become better known for his films, which he directs in an improvisational style, often using the same group of actors. Among his many movies are Topsy Turvy, Vera Drake, Secrets & Lies, High Hopes and Happy-Go-Lucky.

Leigh, who also directs the production, says of Ecstasy: “Of my own plays, Ecstasy is my favourite. For years I have wanted to share its passion, its comedy, its sadness and its songs with a new, wider audience, and now, with my wonderful young cast, I am delighted to have the opportunity to do so.”

To celebrate Ecstasy’s success, 100 tickets each night in the West End will be sold at Hampstead theatre prices.

For more about Ecstasy read the First Night Feature from its season at the Hampstead theatre.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 12/04/2011

Opening Night: 13/04/2011

Closing Night: 28/05/2011

Running time: 2h45

Security note: For your comfort and security, you may be subject to additional checks on your visit to London theatres. Please contact the venue for more information.

Cast & Creative


Siân Brooke, Daniel Coonan, Claire-Louise Cordwell, Allen Leech, Sinéad Matthews, Craig Parkinson


Director - Mike Leigh

Producer - Greg Ripley-Duggan for Hampstead Theatre Productions, and Nica Burns and Max Weitzenhoffer for Nimax Theatres

Designer - Alison Chitty

Lighting Designer - Paul Pyant

Sound - John Leonard

Author - Mike Leigh

About Duchess Theatre

3-5 Catherine Street, London WC2B 5LA

Unlike film, there is currently no official age classification organisation for theatre. All age recommendations are subjective and should be interpreted as guidelines unless otherwise stated. It's the responsibility of the patron to judge the show’s suitability in advance of purchase. We recommend contacting us at if you are in any doubt.