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After Life

Dorfman Theatre, the National Theatre

Lambeth, London SE1 9PX 020 7452 3000

National Theatre North East. Photo by Philip Vile
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  • Theatremonkey show opinion
  • Reader reviews
  • Performance schedule
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Ends 7th August 2021.
Audio described performances: 3rd July 2021 at 2.30pm (touch tour 12.30pm), 21st July 2021 at 2.30pm.
Captioned performances: 26th June 2021 at 2.30pm, 14th July 2021 at 2.30pm.

As they wait in a room between life and death, a group of strangers have to decide which single precious memory to take with them.

Adapted from Hirokazu Kore-eda's film by Jack Thorne, in a concept by Bunny Christie, Jeremy Herrin and Jack Thorne, in association with Headlong.


Not available. Professional reviewers feel that this is a careful return for the National Theatre. Praise for the concept lasts until around half way through when some realise there isn't much more to it. The detail then becomes the interest, as the creative processes and bureaucracy of the after-life workforce comes into focus.

There's praise for the direction and staging, with the creators also noted for keeping the Japanese feel of the original source. It just may be a little too slight to satisfy many. 3 star reviews seem the aggregate. 

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

Tuesday to Saturday at 8pm
Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm and 8pm

Runs 1 hour 40 minutes approximately, with no interval.

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.

Some details may change as "social distancing" requires.

Dorfman prices seating plan


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