The great detective writer Georges Simenon escaped France at the end of World War Two, and arrived in the USA to start again. With his American wife, he settled at Shadow Rock Farm in Lakeville. Years later, he wrote La Main, a psychological thriller set in a New England farmhouse.

David Hare; Based on Georges Simenon’s novel 'La Main'
National Theatre in association with Scott Rudin
Robert Icke
Paule Constable
Tom Gibbons
Bunny Christie
Cast list: 
Elizabeth Debicki, Hope Davis, Michael Elwyn, Stuart Milligan, Anna Skellern, Mark Strong, Nigel Whitmey, Oliver Alvin-Wilson and Jade Yourell.
West End
The Red Barn Schedule
Previews from: 
Thursday, 6 October, 2016
Opening date: 
Monday, 17 October, 2016
Available from: 
Wednesday, 22 March, 2017
Booking to: 
Tuesday, 17 January, 2017

Lyttelton Theatre, National

South Bank, London, SE1 9PX
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Monday, October 17, 2016
First look at Mark Strong in David Hare's The Red Barn at the National Theatre

David Hare's new play The Red Barn officially opens at the National Theatre's Lyttelton Theatre this evening, 17 October 2016. Based on the novel La Main by Georges Simenon, the production is directed by Robert Icke and features designs by Bunny Christie, lighting design by Paule Constable, sound design by Tom Gibbons and video and projection design by Tim Reid.

Our Review

Just as you shouldn't come out of a musical humming the sets, you'd hope that a stage thriller might provide more thrills than just a scene change. But it's virtually impossible to talk about The Red Barn, a slow but not very tense new psychological thriller set in 1960s Connecticut and written by David Hare from a novel by Geroges Simenon called La Main, without mentioning how gobsmacking the... Read more

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