Ugly Lies the Bone at the National Theatre
National Theatre, Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PX

ABOUT Ugly Lies the Bone

Ugly Lies the Bone at the National Theatre

Award-winning American playwright Lindsey Ferrentino makes her UK debut with this honest and funny new drama, directed by Indhu Rubasingham (The Motherf**ker with the Hat).

Ugly Lies the Bone runs from 22 February 2017 until 6 June 2017 at the National Theatre.


‘Beauty is but skin deep, ugly lies the bone; beauty dies and fades away, but ugly holds its own.’

After three tours in Afghanistan, Jess finally returns to Florida. In a small town on the Space Coast, as the final shuttle is about to launch, Jess must confront her scars – and a home that may have changed even more than her.

Experimenting with a pioneering virtual reality therapy, she builds a breathtaking new world where she can escape her pain. There, she begins to restore her relationships, her life and, slowly, herself.


Marianne Adams, Katy Brittain, Olivia Darnley, Buffy Davis, Kate Fleetwood, Ralf Little, Kris Marshall, Tom Peters and Siân Polhill-Thomas.


Directed by Indhu Rubasingham with set design by Es Devlin, costume by Luke Halls, lighting by Johana Coe, music and sound by Oliver Fenwick, movement direction by Ben and Max Ringham, fight direction by Lucy Hind and Rachel Down-Williams, and voice work by Ruth Cooper-Brown.