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.
From Bunny Christie (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), Jeremy Herrin (People, Places and Things) and Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) comes a surreal and powerfully human look at the way we view our lives.
Inspired by Hirokazu Kore-eda's award-winning film, After Life is a new co-production with Headlong.
I love that this production wrestles so explicitly with abstract questions
Intriguing, inventive play from Jack Thorne and Headlong
After Life attempts to bring clarity to death in a grand-yet-inconsistent production
Jack Thorne’s adaptation of Hirokazu Kore-eda’s cult 1998 Japanese film feels like a downbeat show to come back with for the National
Profoundly satisfying in the subtle ways
Compelling vision of ante-room to eternity
Jack Thorne’s stunning version of Hirokazu Kore-eda’s magical realist drama is the best show to run in London since the pandemic
A haunting but too-short meditation on death
Moving and imaginative
Moving, fluid exploration of memory
A heart wrenching production that is essential watching for the soul
The standout of the production has to be Bunny Christie’s immaculate set design