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NT Live Encore: Hansard

★★★★ ‘Engrossing and incisive. Performances simply take thebreath away’ WhatsOnStage

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  • 95
  • 12a
  • Director: Simon Godwin
    Starring: Lindsey Duncan, Alex Jennings
    Running time: 1h 45 mins (the full running time, inclusive of trailers)

    Don’t miss this witty and devastating portrait of the governing class, directed by Simon Godwin (NT Live: Antony & Cleopatra, Twelfth Night) that was part of National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday season last year.

    Theatre royalty and Olivier Award-winners Lindsay Duncan and Alex Jennings on-stage performances returns to cinemas. It's witty writing that contains lots of jokes and laughs that help look at uncomfortable issues. Whilst it's set in 1988 Britain, many of the issues explored are resonant today and provide a timely reminder.

    A two-handed play performed by theatre legends Alex Jennings and Lindsay Duncan, full of witty banter and stinging one liners. Set against the political landscape of 1980’s Thatcher Britain, what starts out as personal digs between a married couple after work on a Friday night crashes into political judgements that brings secrets from the past spilling out of the closet. 

    It’s a summer’s morning in 1988 and Tory politician Robin has returned home to the idyllic Cotswold house he shares with his wife of 30 years, Diana; the picture of a perfect marriage. But all is not as blissful as it seems. Diana has a stinking hangover, a fox is destroying the garden, and secrets are being dug up all over the place. As the day draws on, what starts as gentle ribbing and the familiar rhythms of marital scrapping quickly turns to blood-sport.