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My Brilliant Friend Parts One and Two


Olivier Theatre, the National Theatre

Upper Ground, Lambeth, London SE1 9PX 020 7452 3000

NT Entrance March 2015. Photo by Philip Vile
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Ends 22nd February 2020.
Combined running time: 5 hours 15 minutes approximately.
 

Lenu's friend is missing. Lenu traces her friendship with Lina back over 60 years, since thier first meeting in war-torn Naples. Elena Ferrante's novels are adapted by April De Angelis. Melly Still directs a tale presented in two separate plays.
 

Not available. Professional reviewers lavish praise on the video-screen and moving concrete staircase set, and the condensing of the books into two scripts. Music and other devices split the four parts into distinct tine periods, which helps. Seeing both in sequence is good on a single day, but they survive if you have to separate viewings, is the feeling. Niamh Cusack (Lenu) and Catherine McCormack (Lila) are cheered for both stamina and credibility as they play a wide age range.

The storylines and evolution of the characters is clear, nothing is wasted in stylizing the lead characters' tales. Extreme moments use puppetry, and there is a strong sense of survival, even heroism. Most reviewers found the entire pair of plays compelling, and the reviews run 3 and 4 stars almost unanimously.

Legacy reader reviews

Will appear here.

The monkey advises checking performance times on your tickets and that performances are happening as scheduled, before travelling.

Part 1:
7.30pm: 17, 20 February 2020.
 
2pm: 19, 22 February 2020.
 
 
 
Part 2:
7.30pm: 18, 19, 21, 22 February 2020.

Theatres use "dynamic pricing." Seat prices change according to demand for a particular performance. Prices below were compiled as booking originally opened. Current prices are advised at time of enquiry.

All performances EXCEPT Friday and Saturday Evenings and previews:
SINGLE PERFORMANCES
Stalls

Centre block stalls rows D to O: £66 except
"Premium seats" row E 21 to 39, F 19 to 41, G 20 to 40, H 20 to 40, J 21 to 39, K 23 to 39: £86
Row J 13, 14, 46, 47; K to O 12 to 15, 45 to 48; rows P and R: £57
Side block stalls
rows D to M all seats except the innermost four in D to M: £47
rows D to M innermost four in D to M: £57
row A to C £15

Dress Circle
Centre Block
row A 31 to 53: £66
rows B to D: £57, rows E to G £47
Side blocks
Rows A and B, plus C 22 to 25 and 59 to 62 and D 23 to 26 and 56 to 61: £57
Rows C and D (except C 22 to 25 and 59 to 62 and D 23 to 26 and 56 to 61: £47
Rows E and F: £32
Row G: £15



Friday and Saturday Evening performances
Stalls

Centre block stalls rows D to O: £69 except
"Premium seats" row E 21 to 39, F 19 to 41, G 20 to 40, H 20 to 40, J 21 to 39, K 23 to 39: £89
Row J 13, 14, 46, 47; K to O 12 to 15, 45 to 48; rows P and R: £60
Side block stalls
rows D to M all seats except the innermost four in D to M: £52
rows D to M innermost four in D to M: £60
row A to C £20

Dress Circle
Centre Block
row A 31 to 53: £69
rows B to D: £60, rows E to G £52
Side blocks
Rows A and B, plus C 22 to 25 and 59 to 62 and D 23 to 26 and 56 to 61: £60
Rows C and D (except C 22 to 25 and 59 to 62 and D 23 to 26 and 56 to 61: £52
Rows E and F: £35
Row G: £20

 

Previews
All previews except the first two
Stalls

Centre block stalls rows D to O: £49 except
"Premium seats" row E 21 to 39, F 19 to 41, G 20 to 40, H 20 to 40, J 21 to 39, K 23 to 39: £69
Row J 13, 14, 46, 47; K to O 12 to 15, 45 to 48; rows P and R: £57
Side block stalls
rows D to M all seats except the innermost four in D to M: £40
rows D to M innermost four in D to M: £49
row A to C £15

Dress Circle
Centre Block
row A 31 to 53: £49
rows B to D: £40, rows E to G £32
Side blocks
Rows A and B, plus C 22 to 25 and 59 to 62 and D 23 to 26 and 56 to 61: £40
Rows C and D (except C 22 to 25 and 59 to 62 and D 23 to 26 and 56 to 61: £32
Rows E and F: £26
Row G: £15


First two previews
Stalls

Centre block stalls rows D to O: £47 except
"Premium seats" row E 21 to 39, F 19 to 41, G 20 to 40, H 20 to 40, J 21 to 39, K 23 to 39: £67
Row J 13, 14, 46, 47; K to O 12 to 15, 45 to 48; rows P and R: £38
Side block stalls
rows D to M all seats except the innermost four in D to M: £38
rows D to M innermost four in D to M: £47
row A to C £15

Dress Circle
Centre Block
row A 31 to 53: £47
rows B to D: £38, rows E to G £30
Side blocks
Rows A and B, plus C 22 to 25 and 59 to 62 and D 23 to 26 and 56 to 61: £38
Rows C and D (except C 22 to 25 and 59 to 62 and D 23 to 26 and 56 to 61: £30
Rows E and F: £25
Row G: £15



My Brilliant Friend Parts 1 and 2:
All performances EXCEPT Friday and Saturday Evenings and previews:
TWO SHOW IN ONE PERFORMANCES - PRICE STATED IS FOR A TICKET TO BOTH PARTS.
Stalls

Centre block stalls rows D to O: £122 except
"Premium seats" row E 21 to 39, F 19 to 41, G 20 to 40, H 20 to 40, J 21 to 39, K 23 to 39: £162
Row J 13, 14, 46, 47; K to O 12 to 15, 45 to 48; rows P and R: £104
Side block stalls
rows D to M all seats except the innermost four in D to M: £87
rows D to M innermost four in D to M: £104
row A to C £30

Dress Circle
Centre Block
row A 31 to 53: £122
rows B to D: £104, rows E to G £87
Side blocks
Rows A and B, plus C 22 to 25 and 59 to 62 and D 23 to 26 and 56 to 61: £87
Rows C and D (except C 22 to 25 and 59 to 62 and D 23 to 26 and 56 to 61: £87
Rows E and F: £59
Row G: £20



Friday and Saturday Evening performances
Stalls

Centre block stalls rows D to O: £125 except
"Premium seats" row E 21 to 39, F 19 to 41, G 20 to 40, H 20 to 40, J 21 to 39, K 23 to 39: £165
Row J 13, 14, 46, 47; K to O 12 to 15, 45 to 48; rows P and R: £107
Side block stalls
rows D to M all seats except the innermost four in D to M: £93
rows D to M innermost four in D to M: £107
row A to C £35

Dress Circle
Centre Block
row A 31 to 53: £125
rows B to D: £107, rows E to G £93
Side blocks
Rows A and B, plus C 22 to 25 and 59 to 62 and D 23 to 26 and 56 to 61: £107
Rows C and D (except C 22 to 25 and 59 to 62 and D 23 to 26 and 56 to 61: £93
Rows E and F: £62
Row G: £35

 

Previews
All previews except the first two
Stalls

Centre block stalls rows D to O: £98 except
"Premium seats" row E 21 to 39, F 19 to 41, G 20 to 40, H 20 to 40, J 21 to 39, K 23 to 39: £138
Row J 13, 14, 46, 47; K to O 12 to 15, 45 to 48; rows P and R: £80
Side block stalls
rows D to M all seats except the innermost four in D to M: £64
rows D to M innermost four in D to M: £80
row A to C £30

Dress Circle
Centre Block
row A 31 to 53: £98
rows B to D: £80, rows E to G £64
Side blocks
Rows A and B, plus C 22 to 25 and 59 to 62 and D 23 to 26 and 56 to 61: £80
Rows C and D (except C 22 to 25 and 59 to 62 and D 23 to 26 and 56 to 61: £64
Rows E and F: £52
Row G: £30


First two previews
Stalls

Centre block stalls rows D to O: £96 except
"Premium seats" row E 21 to 39, F 19 to 41, G 20 to 40, H 20 to 40, J 21 to 39, K 23 to 39: £136
Row J 13, 14, 46, 47; K to O 12 to 15, 45 to 48; rows P and R: £78
Side block stalls
rows D to M all seats except the innermost four in D to M: £62
rows D to M innermost four in D to M: £78
row A to C £30

Dress Circle
Centre Block
row A 31 to 53: £96
rows B to D: £78, rows E to G £62
Side blocks
Rows A and B, plus C 22 to 25 and 59 to 62 and D 23 to 26 and 56 to 61: £78
Rows C and D (except C 22 to 25 and 59 to 62 and D 23 to 26 and 56 to 61: £62
Rows E and F: £51
Row G: £30

 

"FRIDAY RUSH TICKETS." Every Friday at 1pm, a number of £20 seats will be released online and by phone for the following week's performances. A limited number of £15 / £18 "Day Seats" are also sold on the day of performance to personal callers at the box office from 10am (doors to the building open at 9.30am).

NOTE: £15 tickets for any production not included in the "Travelex Season" will be limited to 2 per customer, per production. The only exception is that two extra £15 tickets may be purchased for accompanying under 18s.

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