My Brilliant Friend

My Brilliant Friend

Olivier Theatre, National, London
My Brilliant Friend
Olivier Theatre, National, London
Our Review 3 / 5

Based on the celebrated novels by Elena Ferrante – published in over 50 countries – My Brilliant Friend is an epic story of love, violence, ambition and self-destruction.

When the most important person in her life goes missing without a trace, Lenu Greco, now a celebrated author, begins to recall a relationship of more than 60 years.

First meeting on the dangerous streets of postwar Naples, friends Lila and Lenu experience turbulent social and political change, from the rise of the Camorra to the sexual revolution and the transformation of their neighbourhood, city and nation. Even as life repeatedly tries to pull them in separate directions, they remain inextricably bound to one another.

Previews from |
12th November 2019
Booking from |
9th August 2020
Available until |
22nd February 2020
Closes |
22nd February 2020
Categories |
April De Angelis
Melly Still
Jim Fortune
Malcolm Rippeth
Soutra Gilmour
Jon Nicholls
Soutra Gilmour
Cast list:
Justin Avoth, Adam Burton, Niamh Cusack, Amiera Darwish, Trevor Fox, Danielle Henry, Martin Hyder, Kezrena James, David Judge, Wela Mbusi, Catherine McCormack, Victoria Moseley, Emily Mytton, Al Nedjari, Mary Jo Randle, Jonah Russell, Colin Ryan, John Sandeman, Ira Mandela Siobhan, Badria Timimi, Ben Turner, Emily Wachter, Toby Wharton, Elizabeth Mary (Em) Williams

Olivier Theatre, National Venue Information

Olivier Theatre, National, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX
Nearest tube:

Customer reviews

Our Review of My Brilliant Friend


While binge television watching has not only been facilitated by the rise of Netflix but actively encouraged by them - the entirety of the third series of The Crown was released on the same day - theatre has been playing catch-up with its own version: asking theatregoers to commit to spending extended stretches in the theatre watching the same story evolve. Read more

Looking for the best seats...