Jeremy Herrin (This House) directs Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread, Long Day’s Journey into Night) and Hugo Weaving (The Matrix, The Lord of the Rings) as former lovers in Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s visionary revenge play, transported into mid-20th-century America by Tony Kushner (Angels in America).

In the town of Slurry, New York, the post-war recession has bitten.

Claire Zachanassian, improbably beautiful and impenetrably terrifying, returns to her hometown as the world’s richest woman.

The locals hope her arrival signals a change in their fortunes, but they soon realise that prosperity will only come at a terrible price.

The Venue

Olivier Theatre

National Theatre, Upper Ground, Lambeth, South Bank,, London, United Kingdom, SE1 9PX

Nearest Tube


Nearest Train

Waterloo, Waterloo East

Running Time

3hr 30min (inc. 2 intervals)

Booking Dates

First Performance

Wednesday 4th March 2020

Last Performance

Tuesday 31st March 2020