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See Jonny Lee Miller and Tanya Reynolds in this explosive new play.
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A Mirror Tickets

About A Mirror

Attend the wedding of the year – with a twist. Following a highly acclaimed and sold-out run at north London’s Almeida Theatre last summer, Sam Holcroft’s transfixing play A Mirror transfers to the West End’s Trafalgar Theatre for a strictly limited run until 20 April. Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting) and Olivier Award nominee Tanya Reynolds (Sex Education) reprise their leading roles. The production is directed by Jeremy Herrin.

A gripping political thriller, A Mirror is a play set in a totalitarian society in which all new works of art have to be patriotic in content and approved by the Minister for Culture. Anything that challenges the status quo is automatically banned. To get around this extreme censorship, a group of rebels prepare to stage a subversive and illegal play under the cover of claiming to be holding a wedding.

Prepare to stand for the bride’s entrance and submerge yourself in a unique meta-theatrical experience that is chilling, multi-layered, and riotously entertaining. Book tickets for A Mirror on TodayTix.

Run time

2 hours (no interval)

Start date

January 22nd, 2024

End date

April 20th, 2024

Categories

Age

14+

Reviews

Audiences Say
Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Ambitious
86
Excellent

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rrlily
Thought-provoking, Intense, Intelligent, Confusing, Ambitious
80 / 100
Katya Cooper
Clever, Intense, Great writing, Excruciating, Exquisite
92 / 100
mzende
Intelligent, Russian nesting doll dystopian
88 / 100
NateNYC
Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious
83 / 100
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Production note
Latecomers not admitted. If sitting in the front five rows of Stalls, you might be asked to leave bags in the cloakroom free of charge.

Stars on stage

Jonny Lee Miller

Jonny Lee Miller

Venue

Trafalgar Theatre

14 Whitehall, London, Greater London, United Kingdom, SW1A 2DY

Directions

Location: West End
Railway station: Charing Cross
Bus numbers: (Whitehall) 3, 11, 12, 24, 53, 88, 91, 159, 453; (Strand) 6, 9, 13, 15, 23, 29, 87, 139, 176
Night bus numbers: (Whitehall) 12, 24, 53, 88, 159, 453, N2, N3, N5, N11, N18, N20, N44, N52, N87, N91, N97, N109, N136, N155, N381 (Strand) 6, 23, 139, 176, N9, N13, N15, N21, N26, N29, N41, N47, N89, N279, N343, N551 Car park: The nearest Q-Park carpark is CHINATOWN, Newport Place WC2H 7PU. Directions from tube: (5mins) Head left on the main road Strand. Follow Trafalgar Square around onto Whitehall and the theatre’s on your right.

More information about A Mirror

A Mirror is more than a political satire, being an immersive experience in which the audience is constantly kept guessing and asked to question their own integrity as layer after layer is peeled off.

Playwright Sam Holcroft’s credits include Rules of Living and Edgar and Annabel at the National Theatre. Director Jeremy Herrin is former artistic director of Headlong, and his productions include Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall trilogy, People, Places and Things by Duncan Macmillan, and Labour of Love by James Graham.

The cast is a starry one: Jonny Lee Miller who plays registrar and state censor Čelik, recently played another political role as John Major in The Crown. Miller’s other credits include Trainspotting, Elementary, and Jane Austen heroes Edmund Bertram and Mr Knightley in Mansfield Park and Emma respectively. He is joined by Tanya Reynolds (Delicious, Sex Education) as Mei, the bride; Samuel Adewunmi (The Last Tree, You Don’t Know Me) as Adem, the groom; and Geoffrey Streatfeild (Spooks, The Hollow Crown) as best man and playwright Bax.

What to watch for

  • As artistic director of Headlong Theatre, Jeremy Herrin directed an acclaimed production of Duncan Macmillan’s adaptation of George Orwell’s similarly dystopian 1984. Parallels can also be drawn with the tensions between artists and the government in the UK and all over the world.
  • In Britain, all plays had to be sanctioned by the Lord Chamberlain until the passing of the Theatre Act of 1968. The London premiere of the musical Hair was postponed until the act was passed.
  • Sam Holcroft’s inspiration for the play was a government-sanctioned trip to North Korea in 2011. In an interview in The Guardian, Holcroft called the experience “a piece of theatre like nothing I’ve ever seen.”
  • A Mirror marks Jonny Lee Miller’s first London stage appearance since his performance in Frankenstein at the National Theatre in 2011, in which he and Benedict Cumberbatch alternated as Frankenstein and the Creature. In 2019, he appeared in James Graham’s Ink at the Manhattan Theatre Club.

Frequently asked questions

What is A Mirror about?

A chilling and riotously entertaining satire by Sam Holcroft with an immersive setting, A Mirror takes place in a totalitarian state where all art has to be state sanctioned and a group of rebels stage their own production under the pretence of holding a wedding. Jonny Lee Miller stars and Jeremy Herrin directs.

How do you get tickets for A Mirror?

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Which theatre is A Mirror at?

A Mirror is at London's Trafalgar Theatre.

What is the age recommendation for A Mirror?

14+

What is the running time of A Mirror?

A Mirror runs for 2 hours (no interval).

Who wrote A Mirror?

A Mirror is written by Sam Holcroft.

Who directs A Mirror?

A Mirror is directed by Jeremy Herrin.

Is A Mirror appropriate for kids?

A Mirror is aimed at an adult audience.

Is A Mirror good?

A Mirror sold out and received excellent reviews at the Almeida Theatre last year and stars well-known stage and screen actor Jonny Lee Miller. Tanya Reynolds has earned a Best Supporting Actress Olivier nomination for her role in A Mirror.

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