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National Theatre: The Welkin

We will be showing The Welkin live from the Lyttelton Theatre on Thursday 21st May at 7.00pm.

One life in the hands of twelve women.

Rural Suffolk in England, 1759. As the country waits for Halley’s comet, a young woman is sentenced to hang for a heinous murder.

When she claims to be pregnant, a jury of twelve matrons are taken from their housework to decide whether she’s telling the truth, or simply trying to escape the noose. With only midwife Lizzy Luke prepared to defend the girl, and a mob baying for blood outside, the matrons wrestle with their new authority, and the devil in their midst.

James Macdonald (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) directs Maxine Peake (The Theory of Everything, Funny Cow) and Ria Zmitrowicz (Three Girls, Mr. Selfridge) in this bold and gripping thriller from Tony Award-nominated writer Lucy Kirkwood (Chimerica, Skins).

Doors open 30 minutes before the performance commences. Please arrive in plenty of time to register and, if you wish,  order interval drinks.

For booking information please go here


Cast and Creatives 
Lizzy Luke: Maxine Peake

Sally Poppy: Ria Zmitrowicz


Natasha Cottriall

Aysha Kala

Wendy Kweh

Philip McGinley

Cecilia Noble

Dawn Sievewright

Brigid Zengeni

Author: Lucy Kirkwood

Director: James Macdonald


Thu. 21 May, 2020


19:00 - 22:00