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BUY TICKETS 7pm Thursday 31 August
PLAY broadcast LIVE from the Young Vic, London
NT Live brings us the return of the incredible Billie Piper (Penny Dreadful, Great Britain) in her Evening Standard Best Actress award-winning role.
A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Simon Stone’s radical production of Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece. Set in contemporary London, Piper’s portrayal of a woman in her thirties desperate to conceive builds with elemental force to a staggering, shocking, climax.
The unmissable theatre phenomenon sold out at the Young Vic in its previous run, with queues round the block for return tickets.
In one fell – but felicitous – swoop, Simon Stone has remade Lorca for the English stage. Completely in tune with the Young Vic’s policy of bringing craic to the classics, the 31-year-old Australian director and writer has performed improbable surgery on Yerma, Lorca’s 1934 play about a woman who cannot conceive. He has stripped it of washerwomen, shepherds, poetic effusions. He has transplanted the action from rural Spain to present-day London, and made its heroine a lifestyle journalist and blogger. He shows the yearning of the central figure, the pressure that builds up around her, and the desperation that engulfs her, as utterly contemporary. Not him alone. Billie Piper, the least dried-up of actresses, is earth-quaking in the title role: yerma is Spanish for barren. She scythes through the different registers of the play with her unique combination of slangy poise and bunched-up physicality. Susannah Clapp, The Observer
Tickets: Full £19 Adult concessions £17 18 & under £10
Running time: 2 hrs (Please note that this broadcast does not have an interval.)
Doors open: 6.30pm
Please note that tickets may give a start time of 6.50 to allow adequate time to be seated. Please be seated by 7pm when the performance starts.
Certificate: This screening is certified 15. Click here for more information.