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Please note: This production contains adult themes and violence that some people may find distressing. Smoke effects are used.

About The Welkin

One life in the hands of 12 women.

Rural Suffolk, 1759. As the country waits for Halley’s comet, Sally Poppy is sentenced to hang for a heinous murder.

When she claims to be pregnant, a jury of 12 matrons are taken from their housework to decide whether she’s telling the truth, or simply trying to escape the noose.

With only midwife Lizzy Luke prepared to defend the girl, and a mob baying for blood outside, the matrons wrestle with their new authority, and the devil in their midst.

Witty and dazzling. A thing of beauty.

Run Time

2hrs 50mins (inc. interval)

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Ambitious, gripping and richly textured
The Stage
Witty and dazzling. A thing of beauty
The Upcoming
A mighty new play. Magnificent
Financial Times

Lyttleton Theatre

National Theatre, London, SE1 9PX

The National Theatre

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