15 Mar 2011 - 30 Apr 2011

The Knot of the Heart

By David Eldridge

Directed By Michael Attenborough

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“Why has this happened to us? Things like this don’t happen to families like ours.”

Beautiful and privileged, Lucy is enjoying a burgeoning career in television. But her social drug habit has become a hard drug addiction, casting a dark shadow over her future happiness.

As her charmed life begins to slip away Lucy comes to realise that the devoted support of her family does not come without a price.


Writer David Eldridge's play Festen was a huge success at the Almeida in 2004 and subsequently in the West End. His other work includes Market Boy (National Theatre) and Under the Blue Sky (Royal Court and West End), which won the Time Out Live Award for Best New Play.

Dates & Tickets

Evening Performances 7.30pm
Wednesday Matinee 2.30pm on 13 April
Saturday Matinees 3pm from 19 March
There will be no performance on Easter Monday (25 April)

TalkBack
Monday 11 April
Stay in the auditorium after the performance to have your question answered by members of the The Knot of the Heart company.
Free to same day ticket holders.

Post-Show Panel Discussion
Wednesday 6 April
Join us for a post-show discussion to delve into the themes behind The Knot of the Heart. This discussion is in association with the Royal College of Psychiatrists; click here to read more.
 

ACCESS PERFORMANCES

Captioned
Saturday 2 April, 3pm &
Tuesday 12 April, 7.30pm
 
Audio Described
Saturday 16 April, 3pm
(touch tour at 1.30pm)

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Kieran played Billy Nixon in the British indie film 1234 and also appeared in Green Street. Kieran has been seen in a number of roles on television including Waking The Dead, Silent Witness and Personal Affairs.

Theatre includes: The House of Special Purpose (Chichester Festival Theatre); Richard II (Old Vic).

Television includes: Crusoe; The Street; Whistleblower; Midsomer Murders; Spooks.

The Knot of the Heart Rehearsal Photos

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★★★★★ “David Eldridge’s superb new play is the most painful and persuasive account of addiction I have ever encountered”

Daily Telegraph

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★★★★ “Eldridge created the role of Lucy for Lisa Dillon and she repays the debt with a shatteringly brilliant and unsparing performance.”

The Independent

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★★★★ "The great virtue of Eldridge's approach is his painstaking exploration of what addiction entails and his refusal to pass easy moral judgements."

The Guardian

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★★★★ "The Knot of the Heart holds us riveted. In absolutely every respect this is a big night of theatre and not one for the faint of emotional heart."

Evening Standard

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★★★★ "Dillon batters us with a brilliant, believable, thoroughly nerve-jangling performance"

Time Out

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★★★★ "Eldridge, however, makes his family drama work by ignoring the cliché whenever he can; and when he cannot, investing it with insight and sensitivity."

Financial Times

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★★★★ "Michael Attenborough directs with understanding and finesse. It is a subject that touches the heart."

Daily Express

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"Dillon is superb, expressing the nastiness of the addict while hinting at the beguiling child she was. Margot Leicester as the mother is convincingly crumpled, driven, desperate and deluded."

The Times

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"Under Michael Attenborough’s deft direction, Lisa Dillon - for whom the part was written - is superb as Lucy."

The Stage

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Additional information

Running time is 2 hours 40 minutes including one interval of 15 minutes.

Cast & Creatives

Kieran Bew
Abigail Cruttenden
Lisa Dillon
Margot Leicester
Sophie Stanton

Writer David Eldridge
Director Michael Attenborough
Design Peter McKintosh
Lighting Tim Mitchell
Music & Sound Dan Jones
Casting Julia Horan
Fight Director Bret Yount
Assistant Director Gbemisola Ikumelo 

 

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