After Life

Dorfman - National Theatre, Upper Ground
After Life
Dorfman - National Theatre, Upper Ground
Our Review 3 / 5

If you could spend eternity with just one precious memory, what would it be?

A group of strangers grapple with this impossible question as they find themselves in a bureaucratic waiting room between life and death. Encouraged by enigmatic officials, they must sift through their past lives to choose their forever.

Written by Jack Thorne from a concept by Bunny Christie, Jeremy Herrin and Jack Thorne comes a surreal and powerfully human look at the way we view our lives. Adapted from Hirokazu Kore-eda's award-winning film, After Life is a new co-production with Headlong.

After Life is the first play to reopen at the National's Dorfman Theatre.

Previews from |
2nd June 2021
Opening date |
9th June 2021
Closes |
7th August 2021
Categories |
Jack Thorne, adapted from a film by Hirokazu Kore-eda
Cast list:
Olatunji Ayofe, Nino Furuhata, Danielle Henry, Maddie Holliday, Togo Igawa, Anoushka Lucas, Kevin McMonagle, Jack James Ryan, Simon Startin, Luke Thallon, June Watson, Millicent Wong

Dorfman - National Theatre Venue Information

Dorfman - National Theatre, National Theatre, Upper Ground, Ground South Bank, London, SE1 9PX
Nearest tube:
Waterloo, Southwark, Embankment

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Our Review of After Life


What is the one memory you would like to take from your mortal life into the beyond? This is the question that Jack Thorne’s latest play After Life poses for its audience and its characters, as the story explores the confines and escapism of memory and reality in death.  Read more

Latest After Life News & Features

Photo: National Theatre (Photo by Paul Miller on Flickr)
Jack Thorne’s ‘After Life’ reopens Dorfman Theatre this summer
Thursday, 25 March, 2021, 10:38
The National Theatre will greet theatregoers once more as its venues will open again this summer. The Dorfman will be the first space to reopen with Jack Thorne’s After Life, with performances from 2 June - 24 July. Director of the National Theatre, Rufus Norris says: “Sharing our work online and on television over the last year has enabled us to reach millions of people and continue to keep culture alive, but the magic of live theatre is what we can now begin to look...
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