About Dana H.

Royal Court Theatre, London
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Broadway smash-hit and winner of two Tony Awards, Dana H. has its UK premiere at the Royal Court Theatre in January 2024.

Deirdre O’Connell makes her London stage debut reprising her Tony-winning tour-de-force performance as Dana, a psych ward chaplain who was held captive by a patient in a series of Florida motels for five months.

Dana Higginbotham’s remarkable true story is told in her own words and using her own voice, with recorded interviews reconstructed for the stage by Dana’s son, playwright Lucas Hnath, and meticulously lip-synced by O’Connell. The result is a groundbreaking work that shatters the boundaries of real and artifice, and challenges our understanding of good and evil.

Dana H. is directed by Tony-nominated, former Royal Court Associate Director Les Waters, and features a richly crafted soundscape by Mikhail Fiksel, winner of the Tony Award for Best Sound Design of a Play.

Dana H. runs at the Royal Court Theatre from 16 January to 9 March 2024

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Show Information

Age restrictions
Running time
75 minutes, with no interval
Performance days
Evenings: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Saturday

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

What's the story of Dana H.?

“This is the first time I’m talking about this in all of these years so I – I’m in – I I’m in this world but I’m not.” 

Dana H. tells the true story of Dana Higginbotham, a woman who was held hostage for five months in a series of Florida motels. 

Who is in the cast of Dana H.?

Deirdre O’Connell as Dana

Who are the creative team of Dana H.?

Dana H. is directed Les Waters with a soundscape by Mikhail Fiksel.

Written by Lucas Hnath, adapted from interviews with Dana Higginbotham conducted by Steve Cosson.


"An astonishing feat. Deirdre O'Connell brilliantly pulls off one of the most difficult challenges ever asked of an actor" - The New York Times (Broadway production)
"Unmissable" - New York Magazine (Broadway production)
Deirdre O'Connell brings Dana's real words to life on stage in "a singular, richly nuanced performance" -The Daily Beast (Broadway production)

Important Notes

Access Performances

Captioned: Thu 8 Feb, 7.30pm, Tue 20 Feb, 7.30pm, Sat 9 Mar, 2.30pm
Audio Described: Sat 9 Mar, 2.30pm (Touch Tour at 1pm)
Relaxed Environment: Sat 9 Mar, 2.30pm
BSL-interpreted: Sat 2 Mar, 2.30pm

Venue Information

Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, London, SW1W 8AS
Nearest Tube or Train: Sloane Square (Circle Line, District Line)
Nearest Buses: 19, 22, 319, C1, N19, N22, 137, 452

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