Synopsis Morning in London, Autumn 2011. Across the city, people wake up from an identical, terrifying dream. At the same moment, a young man named John returns home after years away to find economic gloom, ineffective protest, and a Prime Minister about to declare war. But John has a vision for the future and his ideas inspire an increasing number of followers.

With conflict looming in the Middle East, their protest takes them to the centre of the city, to the heart of government, where coincidences, omens and visions collide with political reality. Set in a dark and magical landscape of singing pensioners, fanatical atheists and imminent apocalypse, Mike Bartlett’s new play depicts a London both familiar and strange, a London staring into the void. In a year which has seen governments fall and hundreds of thousands take to the streets, 13 explores the meaning of personal responsibility, the hold that the past has over the future and the nature of belief itself. 

Length 2hrs 45mins
Director Thea Sharrock
Cast Danny Webb, Matthew Barker, Nick Blakeley, Katie Brayben, Natasha Broomfield, Kirsty Bushell, Martin Chamberlain, Grace Cooper Milton, Davood Ghadami, Trystan Gravelle, Jadie-Rose Hobson, Adam James, Geraldine James, Sioned Jones, Barbara Kirby, Esther McAuley, Genevieve O’Reilly, Lara Rossi, Helen Ryan, Nick Sidi, Zara Tempest-Walters, John Webber, Shane Zaza.
Design Tom Scutt
Lighting Mark Henderson
Sound Ian Dickinson
Producer National Theatre
Olivier, National Theatre
Royal National Theatre, South bank , London, SE1 9PX
Tel: 020 7452 3000
Tube: Waterloo
Seating Plan – Hotels Near Theatre
Previews from  18 Oct 2011
Opens  25 Oct 2011
Booking to  08 Jan 2012
Closes  08 Jan 2012
Times & Prices
Times: Performance Schedule See performance schedule link at end of listing!
Prices: £ 12 – £ 30

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