Beginning Tickets

Following a sell-out run at the National Theatre's Dorfman Theatre, David Eldridge's new play has transferred to the West End's Ambassadors Theatre. 

Every story starts somewhere.

It’s the early hours of the morning and Danny’s the last straggler at Laura’s party. The flat’s in a mess. And so are they. One more drink?

Polly Findlay directs this new play by David Eldridge (Market BoyUnder the Blue SkyIn Basildon). Tender and funny, it’s an intimate look at the first fragile moments of risking your heart and taking a chance.

Beginning running time: 
1 hour 35 minutes
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About Beginning:

Every story starts somewhere. It’s the early hours of the morning and Danny’s the last straggler at Laura’s party. The flat’s in a mess. And so are they. One more drink?

Beginning Child Policy:
Please note that the production contains strong language and adult themes.
David Eldridge
Polly Findlay
Jack Knowles
Paul Arditti
Fly Davis
Naomi Said
Cast list:
Justine Mitchell, Sam Troughton
Beginning Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
Monday, 15 January, 2018
Opening date: 
Tuesday, 23 January, 2018
Available from: 
Wednesday, 21 March, 2018
Saturday, 24 March, 2018
Booking to: 
Saturday, 24 March, 2018

Ambassadors Theatre

West Street, London, WC2H 9ND
Nearest tube:
Leicester Square
Seating Plan:

Beginning Customer reviews

Our Beginning Review

It’s been a long time since there’s been such a buzz of excitement at the Ambassadors Theatre. The faithful home of West End favourite Stomp for 11 and a half years, it’s time to breathe some new life into the boards. And what better way than with a transfer of David Eldridge’s sell-out play, Beginning.

12 years ago David Eldridge was a founding member of the Monsterists - a collective of younger playwrights urging each other to leave black box theatres behind them and think bigger. Its manifesto included the declaration that a monsterist work should be "Large scale, large concept and, possibly, large cast." A year later he duly premiered Market Boy, under the direction of Rufus Norris (now... Read more

Latest Beginning News & Features

Polly Findlay interview - 'Beginning portrays an experience everyone has in their bones'
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Director Polly Findlay has just opened the first production of hers to transfer to the West End, only three months after premiering at the National's Dorfman. Her tender, intense and beautiful staging of David Eldridge's intimate two-hander play Beginning is now recreating its bruising brand of romantic magic at the Ambassadors. When I meet her, however, she's in the thick of rehearsals for a very different project: a new production of Macbeth to open on Stratford-upon-Avon's main stage in March, starring Christopher Ecclestone in the title role.

National Theatre’s Beginning set to transfer to the West End
Monday, November 6, 2017

David Eldridge’s new play Beginning is set to transfer to the West End following a sell-out run in the Dorfman at the National Theatre. Directed by Polly Findlay, the two-hander stars Justine Mitchell and Sam Troughton as Laura and Danny and is set in the hours after party at Lucy’s house. It will transfer to the Ambassadors Theatre - where Stomp has been running for over a decade - and will run from 15th January to 24th March 2018, with an official opening night on 23rd January. Tickets are now on sale. 

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