Watch on the Rhine Tickets
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Watch on the Rhine Tickets

About Watch on the Rhine

Summer 1940. On a peaceful morning in her Washington D.C. living room, widow Fanny Farrelly anxiously awaits the return of her daughter and her German husband, fleeing Europe with their children.

As night falls, dark secrets emerge, and this American sanctuary becomes even more dangerous than what they left behind.

Known for her success on Broadway (The Little Foxes, The Children's Hour) Lillian Hellman was also a brilliant activist, ahead of her time. WATCH ON THE RHINE is her masterpiece political thriller, given a timely revival by director Ellen McDougall.

Show warnings: please note this section contains spoilers

The play contains references to concentration camps, shooting, bombing and refugees all in the context of WWII.
There are also references to gambling, bribery and murder.
There are scenes of physical violence.

Run time

2 hours 30 minutes (incl. interval)

Start date

16th December, 2022

End date

4th January, 2023


5 Reviews



161 Reviews | 29 Followers
Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you want to see an interesting political play, excellently staged in such a small space and brilliantly acted by the whole cast.

Don’t see it if you don’t want to see yet another political play set during WW2.



52 Reviews | 9 Followers
Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you like historical show, a highly entertaining and still relevant play with a great cast

Don’t see it if prefer contemporary plays. The staging has a feel of a more traditional play



327 Reviews | 17 Followers
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing, Clever

See it if A great play with great acting.

Don’t see it if You're not a fan of political dramas

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Watch on the Rhine cast and creative team

By: Lillian Hellman
Director: Ellen McDougall
Cast list: Patricia Hodge, Kate Duchêne, Caitlin FitzGerald, John Light, Carlyss Peer, Geoffrey Streatfeild, Mark Waschke, David Webber, Finley Glasgow, Tamar Laniado, Chloe Raphael, Bertie Caplan and Henry Hunt
Design: Basia Bińkowska
Lighting: Azusa Ono
Sound: Tingying Dong


41 Earlham Street, London, Greater London, United Kingdom, WC2H 9LX UK


Location: West End
Railway station: Charing Cross
Bus numbers: (Cambridge Circus Stop D) 14, 19, 24, 29, 38, 176

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Access performances

CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE: Monday 23 January 7.30pm
AUDIO-DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE: Saturday 28 January 2.30pm, touch tour at 1pm
BSL PERFORMANCE: Saturday 21 January 2.30pm


Unfortunately, tickets for this event are no longer available.

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