The Antipodes

The Antipodes

National Theatre · 21 OCT - 23 NOV

By Annie Baker

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31 October 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“The latest from the writer of The Flick and John takes place in an enclosed, wood-panelled room with no access to daylight where a group of writers have been gathered under the leadership of Sandy (Conleth Hill) to come up with what might be a new Hollywood fantasy blockbuster or perhaps is a TV series. It is a slow burn that takes neat pops at the way storytelling has become a money-spinning religion in Hollywood and big business, and probes who gets to tell stories and who gets a place at the table to tell them. It lasts for two hours without an interval, and is knitted together with such care and intricacy that I suspect that it will continue to offers up its hidden narrative moments and sphinx-like meanings for weeks to come.”
“In the last few years, playwright Annie Baker has become a bit of a cult figure. The Flick, which followed the meandering conversations of cinema ushers, was a massive hit on both sides of the Atlantic. Her position was cemented with John, another slow-paced and intensely atmospheric play set in a peculiar B&B. This hotly anticipated new play has had a host of brilliant reviews from critics & users - but it's definitely not everyone's cup of tea as there's a few 1 stars in the mix too.”

Overview

Following acclaimed runs of The Flick and John, Pulitzer Prize-winner Annie Baker returns to the National Theatre with her latest extraordinary play. Their phones switched off, a group of peope sit around a table telling, categorising and theorising stories.

This is a world that is both familiar and fantastical. Their real purpose is never quite clear, but they continue on, searching for the monstrous.

Part satire, part sacred rite, The Antipodes asks what value stories have for a world in crisis.

Critic reviews

A very funny production

The Upcoming

It's all so sharp, and so pertinent, venturing to worlds where most playwrights fear to tread

WhatsOnStage

Another superbly clever and ambiguous play from Annie Baker, with a brilliant ensemble led by Conleth Hill

The Stage

Annie Baker searches for the sting in the tale

The Guardian

Eight people are trapped in an endless pitching meeting in another cryptic masterpiece from Annie Baker

Time Out

Spry, surprising, very funny, and likely to haunt the subconscious far more effectively than anything else this Halloween

Broadway World

Knitted together with such care and intricacy: a masterclass in the generosity of ensemble acting

Lyn Gardner for Stagedoor

Marvellous acting pervades deftly paced production

The Independent

A gruelling parody of corporate creativity

The Times

Beautifully detailed performances

Financial Times

Annie Baker's philosophical study of storytelling is pure pleasure

Evening Standard

A disquieting, dazzling piece from a great modern American playwright

The Telegraph

Mysterious and gently momentous

The Arts Desk

Date & time

Show ended
Mon 21 Oct - Sat 23 Nov, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Venue

National Theatre
South Bank SE1 9PX London, UK · Get Directions
3.7
out of 5 stars
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