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This show closed on June 16, 2018

About Absolute Hell

Lose yourself in 1940s Soho.

A huge ensemble bring this funny, nostalgic, heartbreaking play to the stage. Set in a private members club in Soho in 1945, Absolute Hell follows the lives of the members as they find solace in each other - and drink - and stumble out of the shadow of the War.

Absolute Hell, Rodney Ackland’s extraordinarily provocative play, was condemned as ‘a libel on the British people’ when first performed in 1952. Now it emerges as an intoxicating plunge into post-war Soho; full of despair and longing.

Joe Hill-Gibbins returns to the NT to direct a large ensemble in this new production of Absolute Hell.

Run Time

3hrs (inc. interval and pause)

Start Date

End Date

Absolute unmissable
Financial Times
Beautiful. A provocative study of 1940s Soho
Time Out

Lyttelton Theatre

National Theatre, London, SE1 9PX

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