Faith, Hope and Charity

Faith, Hope and Charity

National Theatre · 09 SEP - 12 OCT

A new play by Alexander Zeldin

“The consensus from critics is unanimous, this is a beautiful, poignant and terribly moving play. Set in a run down community centre it is "persuasive not preachy" in its depiction of the effects of austerity on those most in need.”
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12 September 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“Alexander Zeldin has written two really terrific plays about those who live on the margins. Beyond Caring focussed on those working on zero- hours contracts in a warehouse and Love was about two homeless families in temporary accommodation in the run up to Christmas. Zeldin’s work is raw, committed and socially engaged—and this third part of the trilogy should be in a similar vein as it charts a day in a run-down community hall where those in need look for refuge.”

Overview

In a run-down community hall on the edge of town, a woman has been cooking lunch for those in need.

A choir is starting up, run by a volunteer who’s looking for a new beginning. A mother is seeking help in her fight to keep her young daughter from being taken into care. An older man sits silently in the corner, the first to arrive, the last to leave. Outside the rain is falling.

Critic reviews

An utterly necessary and deeply compassionate depiction of the kinds of lives that it is all too easy to ignore

WhatsOnStage

The final part of Alexander Zeldin’s NT trilogy is a beautifully bittersweet look at an ailing community centre

Time Out

The whole cast, top to bottom, is exemplary

The Upcoming

The cast give painfully poignant portrayals of these broken, proud, decent people

Broadway World

Persuasive, not preachy

The Telegraph

Alexander Zeldin’s latest production shines a light on the resilience and humour of those struggling to survive

The Guardian

A deeply moving and compassionate play about basic human kindness and the significance to us all of the fabric of society

Financial Times

Alexander Zeldin’s compelling study of a community centre

Exeunt

Staged with rigorous precision by the writer himself, who orchestrates the movement with a sense of deliberation that becomes shattering in its intensity

London Theatre

Date & time

Show ended
Mon 9 Sep - Sat 12 Oct, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Venue

National Theatre
South Bank SE1 9PX London, UK · Get Directions
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