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The Effect Tickets

The Effect Tickets
The Effect: What to expect - 1
The Effect Tickets

About The Effect

Who I am
Is not
A side effect.

Hearts and minds racing, Connie and Tristan are falling for each other fast. But is their sudden and intoxicating chemistry real, or a side effect of a new antidepressant?

As two young volunteers in a clinical drug trial, their illicit romance poses startling dilemmas for the supervising doctors.

Jamie Lloyd (Cyrano de Bergerac) directs Lucy Prebble’s (Succession) funny and intimate examination of love and ethics.

Paapa Essiedu (I May Destroy You) plays Tristan and Taylor Russell (Bones and All) plays Connie.

Run time

1h 40m (incl. interval)

Start date

August 1st, 2023

End date

October 7th, 2023



This production contains strong language and adult themes.


Audiences Say
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great staging

44 reviews on Show-Score

Intelligent, Great staging, Must see
95 / 100
Catherine 352
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Profound, Great writing, Great acting
90 / 100
Great acting, Dizzying, Absorbing
81 / 100
Red Bus Londinium
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Clever, Absorbing
84 / 100
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Our Review

'The Effect' review — you can't help falling in love with this knockout drama

4 of 5
10 Aug 2023, 08:45
Read our four-star review of The Effect, by Lucy Prebble, now in performances at the National Theatre to 7 October.
Production note
There are strobe/flashing lights, smoke and haze effects, with loud music. Some scenes include sexual content, physical aggression, depictions of seizures and references to depression, anxiety and suicide.


National Theatre, South Bank, London, United Kingdom, SE1 9PX


Location: West End
Railway station: Waterloo
Bus numbers: (Waterloo Road) 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 76, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 243, 341, 521, RV1, X68
Night bus numbers: (Waterloo Road) 139, 176, 188, 243, 341, N1, N68, N76, N171, N343
Car park: National Theatre, Upper Ground (1min)
Directions from tube: (10mins) Follow signs for exits to the South Bank. This should lead you to an underground pedestrian passage called ‘Sutton Walk’ that emerges at the South Bank. Turn right and walk along the river Thames until you see the National Theatre.


Unfortunately, tickets for this event are no longer available.

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