The Effect at the National Theatre

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National Theatre - Lyttelton Theatre, London
Booking to 7 October 2023
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About The Effect

★★★★★ “Tender, thrilling and elegantly brutal” – The Stage

A major new revival of acclaimed play The Effect by Lucy Prebble (Succession) is now playing at the National Theatre starring Paapa Essiedu and Taylor Russell.

Lucy Prebble’s funny and intimate examination of love and ethics is directed by Jamie Lloyd (Cyrano de Bergerac, A Doll’s House).

The cast includes rising stars Paapa Essiedu (I May Destroy You, The Capture) as Tristan and Taylor Russell (Bones and All, Lost in Space) as Connie.

The Effect is playing in the Lyttelton theatre at the National Theatre to 7 October 2023.

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What's the story of The Effect?

Hearts and minds racing, Connie and Tristan are falling for each other fast. But is their sudden and intoxicating chemistry real, or a side effect of a new antidepressant? As two
young volunteers in a clinical drug trial, their romance poses startling dilemmas for the supervising doctors.

Who is in the cast of The Effect?

Paapa Essiedu stars as Tristan, Taylor Russell as Connie, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith as Dr Toby Sealey, and Michele Austin as Dr Lorna James.

Other cast include Shereener Browne, Valentine Hanson, Mara Huf, and Joseph Langdon.

Paapa Essiedu (Photo by Ruth Crafer) and Taylor Russell (Photo by Julian Ungano)

Who are the creative team of The Effect?

Directed by Jamie Lloyd with set and costume designer Soutra Gilmour, lighting designer Jon Clark, composer Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante, sound designer George Dennis, movement directors Sarah Golding and Yukiko Masui (SAY), , fight director Kate Waters, intimacy co-ordinator Ingrid Mackinnon and casting director Alastair Coomer CDG.


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Reviews of The Effect

★★★★★ "Tender, thrilling and elegantly brutal" - The Stage
★★★★ "Lucy Prebble’s intense and intoxicating encounter" - The Guardian
★★★★ "A fiery play that explores and questions 'lab-made' love" - The Telegraph
★★★★ "Paapa Essiedu is all compelling, shambling, vulnerable charm" - The Independent
★★★★ "A mind-bending experience" - The Evening Standard

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Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 7 October 2023
Running time
1 hour 40 minutes (no 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

Notes:

Latecomers cannot be admitted and there is no re-admittance to the theatre during this performance. The running time is 1 hour and 40 minutes, without an interval.

This production contains strong language and adult themes. There are strobe/flashing lights, smoke and haze effects, with some loud music.

Some scenes include sexual content, physical aggression, depictions of seizures and references to depression, anxiety and suicide.


Venue Information

National Theatre - Lyttelton Theatre, Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PX
Nearest Tube or Train: Waterloo (Jubilee line, Northern line, Bakerloo line)
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Ticket Information

Official London Theatre tickets for The Effect at the National Theatre - Lyttelton Theatre, London.  Book tickets to The Effect at the National Theatre - Lyttelton Theatre, London with WestEndTheatre.com. You will be purchasing official London theatre tickets from an authorised retailer and member of the Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers.


News about The Effect

The Effect at the National Theatre – Reviews
Reviews are coming in for the National Theatre's new revival of Lucy Prebble's The Effect, starring Paapa Essiedu and Taylor Russell. Lucy Prebble (HBO's Succession, The Sugar Syndrome, ENRON, A Very Expensive Poison) scored a hit with her funny and intimate examination of love and ethics when it first premiered at the National Theatre in 2012, winning the Critics' Circle Award for Best Play. This new production is directed by Jamie Lloyd (Cyrano de Bergerac, A Doll's House), and stars Paapa Essiedu (I May Destroy You, The Capture) as Tristan and Taylor Russell (Bones and All) as Connie. The cast also includes Michele Austin (Cyrano de Bergerac) as Dr Lorna James and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (Tina - The Tina Turner Musical) as Dr Toby Sealey; and the cast also includes Shereener Browne, Valentine Hanson, Mara Huf, and Joseph Langdon. [ngg src="galleries" ids="1265" display="basic_slideshow"] Alongside Jamie Lloyd, the creative team features set and costume design by regular Jamie Lloyd collaborator Soutra Gilmour, plus lighting design by Jon Clark, composition by Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante, sound design by George Dennis, movement direction by Sarah Golding and Yukiko Masui (SAY), fight direction by Kate Waters, intimacy co-ordination by Ingrid Mackinnon and casting by Alastair Coomer CDG and Chloe Blake. The Effect is playing at the National's Lyttelton Theatre until 7 October 2023. Read reviews from the Times, Telegraph, TimeOut and more, with further reviews to be added. More about tickets to The Effect at the National Theatre
The Effect – behind-the-scenes rehearsal photos & full cast announced
The National Theatre has released behind-the-scenes rehearsal images for its forthcoming revival of Lucy Prebble's The Effect, starring Paapa Essiedu and Taylor Russell. The Effect is playing at the National's Lyttelton Theatre from 1 August to 7 October 2023, directed by Jamie Lloyd (Cyrano de Bergerac, A Doll's House). The revival of this funny and intimate examination of love and ethics by Lucy Prebble (HBO's Succession, The Sugar Syndrome, ENRON, A Very Expensive Poison), stars Paapa Essiedu (I May Destroy You, The Capture) as Tristan and Taylor Russell (Bones and All) as Connie. Joining them will be Michele Austin (Cyrano de Bergerac) as Dr Lorna James and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (Tina - The Tina Turner Musical) as Dr Toby Sealey; and the cast also includes Shereener Browne, Valentine Hanson, Mara Huf, and Joseph Langdon. Alongside Jamie Lloyd, the creative team includes set and costume design by regular Jamie Lloyd collaborator Soutra Gilmour, plus lighting design by Jon Clark, composition by Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante, sound design by George Dennis, movement direction by Sarah Golding and Yukiko Masui (SAY), fight direction by Kate Waters, intimacy co-ordination by Ingrid Mackinnon and casting by Alastair Coomer CDG and Chloe Blake. The Effect first premiered at the National Theatre in 2012, and won the 2012 Critics' Circle Award for Best Play. More about The Effect tickets at the National Theatre Photos: The Effect - in rehearsals [ngg src="galleries" ids="1230" display="pro_tile"]
The Effect to be revived at the National Theatre starring Paapa Essiedu & Taylor Russell
The National Theatre has announced a new production of Lucy Prebble's award-winning play The Effect, starring Paapa Essiedu and Taylor Russell. Produced in association with The Jamie Lloyd Company, and directed by Jamie Lloyd (Cyrano de Bergerac, A Doll's House), the play will run in the Lyttelton Theatre at the National from 1 August 2023. The revival of this funny and intimate examination of love and ethics will star Paapa Essiedu (I May Destroy You, The Capture) as Tristan and Taylor Russell (Bones and All) as Connie, with further casting to be announced. Lucy Prebble is currently a writer and executive producer on HBO's Succession, and her previous plays include The Sugar Syndrome, ENRON and A Very Expensive Poison. In 2020 Lucy Prebble was awarded the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Joining Jamie Lloyd in the creative team will be set and costume designer Soutra Gilmour, lighting designer Jon Clark, composer Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante, sound designer George Dennis, movement directors Sarah Golding and Yukiko Masui (SAY), fight director Kate Waters, intimacy co-ordinator Ingrid Mackinnon and casting director Alastair Coomer CDG. The Effect first premiered at the National Theatre in 2012, and won the 2012 Critics' Circle Award for Best Play. The play was to be revived in 2020 at the Boulevard Theatre in Soho starring Eric Kofi Abrefa (Jurassic World ), Christina Entwisle (Vera), Tim McMullan (The Crown) and Kate O’Flynn (Happy Go Lucky), but was cancelled because of Covid. Director of the National Theatre Rufus Norris said in a statement: "To have Jamie Lloyd returning to the National Theatre with his production of Lucy Prebble’s The Effect – a timelessly prescient play from this singular writer – is a particular joy, not least because of the two wonderful lead actors Paapa Essiedu and Taylor Russell." Also announced today by the National Theatre is their major new stage production of Roald Dahl's The Witches, coming to the National in November 2023 starring Katherine Kingsley. More about The Effect tickets at the National Theatre

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