About The Normal Heart

National Theatre - Olivier Theatre, London
Booking to 6 November 2021
No longer booking

Love, anger and activism during the 1980s AIDS crisis

Larry Kramer’s heart-wrenching autobiographical play on the AIDS crisis returns to London for the first time since its explosive premiere 35 years ago.

Book tickets for The Normal Heart at the National Theatre London until 6 November 2021.

What is The Normal Heart about?

Love, anger and activism during the 1980s AIDS crisis.

A new virus is infecting gay men across New York City. As the rising death toll is ignored by government and the medical establishment, fear and confusion turns to rage and division. Using this anger, writer and activist Ned Weeks sets out to unite the community in their fight for recognition and right to survive.

Who is in the cast of The Normal Heart?

The cast of The Normal Heart features Ben Daniels (The Crown), Dino Fetscher (Years and Years, Humans), Danny Lee Wynter (Joe’s Palace, Capturing Mary), Luke Norris (Poldark), Liz Carr (Silent Witness), Daniel Krikler, Daniel Monks, Elander Moore, Robert Bowman, Richard Cant, Henry Nott, Lucas Rush, Freddie Stabb, Jonathan Dryden Taylor and Samuel Thomas.

Creative Team

Directed by Dominic Cooke with set design by Vicki Mortimer, costume by Lisa Funcan, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Carolyn Downing, fight direction by Bret Yount, dialect coaching by Penny Dyer and associate direction by Josh Seymour.


★★★★ “Poignant and powerful.” Guardian

★★★★ “Thrillingly urgent. It’s white-hot, forever.” Time Out

★★★★ “Timely and essential. Ben Daniels gives a star turn.” Evening Standard

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Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 6 November 2021
Age restrictions
Adult themes
Running time
2 hours 45 minutes (including interval)

Important Notes

Important COVID Entry Requirements
Masks: We recommend that you wear a mask while inside this venue.
Proof of vaccine and/or test: You are required to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test or proof of vaccination in order to attend this performance.
Covid safety: This venue has additional Covid-19 safety measures in place to ensure the health and well-being of the staff, performers, and guests.

Venue Information

National Theatre - Olivier 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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