After Life

After Life

3.8 (4) · Contemporary Drama

If you could spend eternity with just one precious memory, what would it be?


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.

Critic reviews

I love that this production wrestles so explicitly with abstract questions


Intriguing, inventive play from Jack Thorne and Headlong

The Arts Desk

After Life attempts to bring clarity to death in a grand-yet-inconsistent production

Time Out

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

Evening Standard

Profoundly satisfying in the subtle ways


Compelling vision of ante-room to eternity

The Times

Jack Thorne’s stunning version of Hirokazu Kore-eda’s magical realist drama is the best show to run in London since the pandemic

Time Out

A haunting but too-short meditation on death

The Telegraph

Moving and imaginative

The Stage

Moving, fluid exploration of memory

Broadway World

A heart wrenching production that is essential watching for the soul

A Younger Theatre

The standout of the production has to be Bunny Christie’s immaculate set design

The Upcoming

Date & time

Show ended
Wed 2 Jun - Sat 24 Jul 2021


South Bank SE1 9PX London, UK · Get Directions
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