Man and Superman at the National Theatre

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Ralph Fiennes stars in Bernard Shaw’s Man and Superman at the National Theatre.

Ralph Fiennes returns to the National as Jack Tanner in George Bernard Shaw’s witty, provocative classic MAN AND SUPERMAN, opening in the Lyttelton Theatre.

With a cast that also includes Tim McMullan and Indira Varma (as Ann), Man and Superman is directed by Simon Godwin, with design by Christopher Oram, lighting by James Farncombe, music by Michael Bruce, movement by Jonathan Goddard and sound by Christopher Shutt.


A romantic comedy, an epic fairytale, a fiery philosophical debate, MAN AND SUPERMAN asks fundamental questions about how we live. Jack Tanner, celebrated radical thinker and rich bachelor, seems an unlikely choice as guardian to the alluring heiress, Ann. But she takes it in her assured stride, and, despite the love of a poet, she decides to marry and tame this dazzling revolutionary. Tanner, appalled by the whiff of domesticity, is tipped off by his chauffeur and flees to Spain, where he is captured by bandits and meets The Devil. An extraordinary dream-debate, heaven versus hell, ensues. Following in hot pursuit, Ann is there when Tanner awakes, as fierce in her certainty as he is in his.


Ralph Fiennes appeared at the NT most recently in the title role of Oedipus, and in the NT’s 50th anniversary gala performance. His extensive film appearances include The Grand Budapest Hotel, Skyfall, Voldemort in the Harry Potter films, The Constant Gardener, The English Patient and Schindler’s List.

Indira Varma’s recent theatre work includes Titus Andronicus (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Hothouse (Trafalgar Studios), Dance of Death and Twelfth Night (Donmar Warehouse), and Hysteria (West End). Her many screen appearances include Game of Thrones, What Remains, Rome, Luther and Exodus: Gods and Kings.


Simon Godwin directed Strange Interlude at the NT last year. He is an Associate Artist at Bristol Old Vic and Associate Director at The Royal Court, where his productions include Lucy Kirkwood’s NSFW, Vivienne Franzmann’s The Witness, Luke Norris’ Goodbye to All That, Anya Reiss’ The Acid Test, and Nick Payne’s Wanderlust; other work includes Two Gentlemen of Verona for the RSC. He received the Emerging Director Award at the 2012 Evening Standard Awards.

Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 17 May 2015

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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