The Motherfucker with the Hat

The Motherf**cker with the Hat at the National Theatre

National Theatre - Lyttelton Theatre, London

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The Motherf**cker with the Hat at the National Theatre.

Previews from 10 June 2015, press night 17 June 2015, playing until 20 August 2015

The MotherF**CKER with The Hat by Stephen Adly Guirgis, receives its UK premiere at the National’s Lyttelton Theatre.  Starring Ricardo Chavira (Desperate Housewives) this poetic, profane and hilarious, whip-smart look at love and addiction finds light even in the darkest corners of New York City.


Things are looking up for Jackie. He’s out of jail and staying clean thanks to his sponsor.
He might even have found a job. And of course there’s Veronica, who he’s loved since 8th grade. Nothing could come between them – except a hat.


The cast includes Ricardo Chavira, Martin Behrman, Nathalie Armin, Lisa Caruccio Came, Alec Newman, Flor De Liz Perez, Tom Peters and Yul Vázquez.

Ricardo Chavira makes his National Theatre debut – he is best known for US hit show Desperate Housewives.  His theatre credits include A Streetcar Named Desire, Living Out, Tracers, Three Sisters, Dogeaters, ¡Bandido! and Macbeth (US regional). His TV credits include Castle, Burn Notice, Welcome to the Family, Desperate Housewives, Goerge Lopez, 24, Joan of Arcadia, JAG, NYPD Blue, The Division and Six Feet Under. Film work includes Powder and Gold, Don’t Let Me Drown, The Alamo, Piranha 3-D, Saving God.


Directed by Indhu Rubasingham, with designs by Robert Jones, lighting by Oliver Fenwick and sound by Carolyn Downing.


★★★★★ “A triumph for the National.’ Evening Standard
★★★★ “Gloriously funny and blisteringly honest” The Independent
★★★★ “this Puerto Rican pair make George and Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? sound like the Waltons.” The Telegraph
★★★★ “Raucous. The biggest blast in Rufus Norris’s National Theatre tenure so far.” The Times

Additional Information

Performance dates
Booking to 20 August 2015

Venue Information

National Theatre - Lyttelton Theatre, Upper Ground, 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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