Beginning

Ambassadors Theatre
West Street, London

Public Previews: 15 January 2018
Opens: 23 January 2018
Closes: 24 March 2018

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Show times
Monday at 7.30pm
Tuesday at 7.30pm
Wednesday at 7.30pm
Thursday at 3.00pm and 7.30pm
Friday at 7.30pm
Saturday at 3.00pm and 7.30pm
Sunday no shows

Runs 1 hour and 40 minutes with no interval

Seat prices
£? to £?
Premium Seating also available
(plus booking fees if applicable)

Beginning

David Eldridge's acclaimed new play Beginnings in London starring Justine Mitchell and Sam Troughton

Every story starts somewhere. Itís the early hours of the morning and Dannyís the last straggler at Lauraís party. The flatís in a mess. And so are they. One more drink?

David Eldridge's new play is a tender and funny look at the first fragile moments of risking your heart and taking a chance.

Following an acclaimed sold-out run at the National Theatre in 2016 this production transfers to London's West End for a strictly limited ten week season with both Justine Mitchell and Sam Troughton reprising their roles in this two-hander play.

The cast features Justine Mitchell as 'Laura' and Sam Troughton as 'Danny' who are both reprising their roles from the original 2016 National Theatre staging. Directed by Polly Findlay with movement by Naomi Said, designs by Fly Davis, lighting by Jack Knowles and sound by Paul Arditti. This production was original seen at the National Theatre's Dorfman Theatre (previewed from 5 October 2017, opened on 12 October 2017 and closed on 14 November 2017).

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of the show, we are unable to admit latecomers and there will be no re-admittance into the auditorium. This production contains strong language and adult themes.

When this production was originally seen at the National Theatre's Dorfman Theatre in October 2017, Dominic Maxwell in the Times hailed it as being a "gripping, funny and tender... a glorious evening." Paul Taylor in the i newspaper highlighted that "David Eldridge's new play is a wry, funny and touching meditation on loneliness, that private shame of the singleton. Written with a real depth of insight, humour, compassion and a keen sense of the ridiculous... The performances - by Sam Troughton and Justine Mitchell - do superlative justice to the texture and truthfulness of the writing... Creating convincingly good drama is a rare gift. Eldridge possesses it, as he does the skill to sustain it in real time about battle-scarred mid-lifers." Ian Shuttleworth in the Financial Times commented that "the performers are unfussily excellent... It's a lovely piece of work: out of the NT's normal run of material, particularly in this space, but none the worse for that." Dominic Cavendish in the Daily Telegraph wrote that this new play "at a stroke propels this superb, subtle but rather undersung playwright back into the premier league... In its wisdom and humour the piece called to mind a youthful Eldridge hit of 17 years ago - Under the Blue Sky, directed at the Royal Court by one Rufus Norris - which later made its way into the West End. This should do, too. It's a beaut, end of. Fiona Mountford in the London Evening Standard described how "it's the tentative (anti) romance for 21st-century London life and it is, quite simply, magnificent... Polly Findlay's exquisitely choreographed production of confident naturalism triumphs,... Eldridge's brutal, beautiful honesty about the loneliness of modern metropolitan living is never less than utterly refreshing." Michael Billington in the Guardian said that "Polly Findlayís production has the right jagged rhythm, Fly Davisís design is full of celebratory clutter and the two performers hit exactly the right note," as they "peel away the protective layers in a play that leaves you caring deeply about its characters and which adds unusual poignancy to the dating game."

Justine Mitchell's London theatre credits include playing the role of 'Bessie Burgess' in Howard Davies and Jeremy Herrin's revival of Sean O'Casey's play Plough and the Stars at the National Theatre's Lyttelton Theatre in 2016. Sam Troughton's London stage credits include the role of 'Vince' in Matthew Warchus' revival of Sam Shepardís Buried Child at the National Theatre's Lyttelton Theatre in 2004.

David Eldridge's West End plays include Under The Blue Sky, which was originally staged at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs in 2000, and was revived at the Duke of York's Theatre in 2008 with a cast that included Chris O'Dowd, Catherine Tate, Dominic Rowan and Francesca Annis. Eldridge's credits also include the English Language stage adaptation of Thomas Vinterberg's Dogme film Festen, which was staged at the Almeida Theatre in 2004, before transferring to the Lyric Theatre with a cast that included Jane Asher, Sam Beazley, Rory Kinnear, Luke Mably and Stephen Moore. Polly Findlay's West End theatre credits include Derren Brown's Svengali at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 2011 and at the Novello Theatre in 2012.

"Polly Findlay's perfectly paced production of David Eldridge's brave, beautiful, intimate two-hander begins in noisy disarray... The designer Fly Davis's stage is scattered with a party's detritus: streamers, mashed Pringles, prosecco. A ticking kitchen clock tells you we are pre-dawn. Like two startled animals in the dimmed lights, swaying tipsily, are Laura and Danny. He didn't return home with his mate from her housewarming. She has hopes; he 'has no radar'. What follows is a warm, funny, cringe-makingly well-observed exploration of how we live, or fail to live, now of empowerment, emasculation and botched expectations brilliantly realised by two fine actors. This is a small, if beautifully formed, thing, and, like Danny, I don't want to over-raise expectations. Yet I'm willing it to go all the way to the West End and beyond." The Sunday Times

Beginning in London at the Ambassadors Theatre with public previews from 15 January 2018, opens on 23 January 2018 and closes on 24 March 2018