Jack Absolute Flies Again, National Theatre

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National Theatre - Lyttelton Theatre, London
Booking to 3 September 2022
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A delightfully silly and exuberant refashioning of The Rivals

A rollicking new comedy by Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guvnors) and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night).

Featuring a cast including Caroline Quentin (Jonathan Creek), Laurie Davidson (Guilty Party), Natalie Simpson (Three Sisters) and Kelvin Fletcher (Emmerdale).

Emily Burns (The Comeback) directs this spectacularly entertaining new version of Sheridan’s The Rivals.

Jack Absolute Flies Again runs until 3 September 2022 in the Olivier Theatre, National Theatre London.

What is Jack Absolute Flies Again about?

July 1940. After an aerial dog fight, Pilot Officer Jack Absolute flies home to win the heart of his old flame, Lydia Languish.

Back on British soil, Jack’s advances soon turn to anarchy when the young heiress demands to be loved on her own, very particular, terms.

Creative team

Written Richard Bean and Chris Oliver, with direction by Emily Burns, set and costume design by Mark Thompson,

Lighting design by Tim Lutkin, music composed by Paul Englishby, sound design by Paul Arditti, video design by Jeff Sugg, choreography by Lizzi Gee, physical comedy direction by Toby Park for Spymonkey, musical direction by Chris Traves, voice and dialect coaching by Charmian Hoare, assistant voice coach Shereen Ibrahim and dramaturg by Chris Campbell.

Who is in the cast of Jack Absolute Flies Again?

The cast features Caroline Quentin (Jonathan Creek)Peter Forbes (Follies), Natalie Simpson (Three Sisters)Laurie Davidson (Cats), Kelvin Fletcher Emmerdale)  and Kerry Howard (Him & Her)

James Corrigan, Theo Cowan, Shailan Gohil, Millie Hikasa, George Kemp, Joanne McGuinness, Jordan Metcalfe, Akshay Sharan, Tim Steed, Geoffrey Towers, Shona White and Helena Wilson complete the cast.

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Reviews of Jack Absolute Flies Again

★★★★★ "Humorous with unerring accuracy" Daily Express
★★★★★ "A rare blast of sunshine" - Daily Mail
★★★★ "Uproarious mix of filth, derring-do and romance" - Evening Standard
★★★★ "A joyous romp" - The Times
★★★★  Average review score

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Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 3 September 2022
Age restrictions
This production is recommended for ages 12+
Running time
2hrs 34mins (including interval)
Performance days
Evenings: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Wednesday, Saturday

Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.

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Important Notes


This production contains: strong language, sexual references, and battle sequences containing strobe and flashing lights, gun shots and depiction of conflict.

Access Performances

Sensory Adapted performance

Tuesday 2 August at 7.30pm

Audio-described performances

Friday 5 August, 7.30pm preceded by a Touch Tour at 6pm

Saturday 20 August, 2pm preceded by a Touch Tour at 12.30pm

Captioned performance

Saturday 6 August, 7.30pm

Thursday 11 August, 7.30pm

Dementia friendly performance

Wednesday 31 August, 2pm

Venue Information

National Theatre - Lyttelton Theatre, Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PX
Nearest Tube or Train: Waterloo (Jubilee line, Northern line, Bakerloo line)
Nearest Buses: 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 76, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 341, 521, X68, RV1

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