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This show closed on April 27, 2019

About Downstate

Following a hugely successful run in Chicago last year, Downstate plays at the National Theatre until 27 April. This provocative new play zeroes in on the limits of our compassion and what happens when society deems anyone beyond forgiveness.

In downstate Illinois, four men convicted of sex crimes against minors share a group home where they live out their lives in the shadow of the offences they committed. A man shows up to confront his childhood abuser — but does he want closure or retribution?

Please note: Downstate discusses and contains graphic descriptions of child abuse and rape. There are also graphic depictions of self-harm and reference to drug use, that some people may find distressing. More info can be found on the national Theatre’s Help Centre section of their website.

Run Time

2hrs 25mins (inc. interval)

Start Date

End Date


Contains graphic descriptions of child abuse and rape

Vital and extraordinarily brave. The entire ensemble is magnificent
What’s On Stage
A flawless play. Genuinely thought-provoking. Like a gritty Louis Theroux documentary
Daily Mail

Dorfman Theatre

National Theatre, London, SE1 9PX

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