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

Overwhelming, The

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

About the Show Less...

A gripping story of a country on the brink of genocide. Read More >

Overwhelming - NT Cottesloe 06

Seizing the opportunity to research a book, Jack Exley uproots his family from Illinois to Rwanda in early 1994. Alarmingly out of his depth, Jack begins a fervent search for his dear and missing friend while his wife and teenage son find trouble of their own. As Jack involves himself in the local politics, he discovers a pattern of brutality and beliefs that jeopardizes the lives of everyone around him.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 09/05/2006

Opening Night: 17/05/2006

Closing Night: 30/08/2006

Running time: 2h30

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


Matthew Marsh, Andrew Garfield, Tany Moodie, William Armstrong, Nick Fletcher, Jude Akuwudike,Chipo Chung, Danny Sapani, Babou Ceesay, Adura Onashile, Lucian Msamati


Director - Max Stafford-Clark

Producer - The National theatre In association with Out of Joint

Designer - Tim Shortall

Lighting Designer - Johanna Town

Sound - Gareth Fry

Author - J T Rogers

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.