The Tell-Tale Heart

The Tell-Tale Heart

National Theatre · 05 DEC - 09 JAN

£15 - £45 · Buy tickets now Get notified before closing. Never miss out again.
Lyn Gardner avatar
29 November 2018  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“Now this should be a creepy treat. Anthony Neilson takes Edgar Allan Poe’s deliciously nasty story about murder and conscience and relocates it to contemporary Brighton. A playwright moves into an attic flat to work on the follow-up to her successful debut. Her landlady is a vulnerable young woman and as their relationship develops things turns dark. It is a very short run so get in now. Although I haven’t always loved every show made by Neilson, I haven’t seen one that isn’t thought-provoking and doesn’t grab the attention.”

The Tell-Tale Heart is a twisted, graphic and darkly-comic treat.


A young playwright rents an attic flat in Brighton, hoping it will break the writer’s block that’s preventing her from following up on her wildly successful debut. Whilst there, she forms a relationship with her landlady, a lonely young woman with a life-altering condition.

But pressure mounts on the writer, and her relationship with the landlady becomes ever-more suffocating.

Please note: This production contains provocative language, some violent scenes, and moments and themes that some people may find distressing; you can find out more in our Help centre.

Renowned for his ground-breaking work, Anthony Neilson (The Prudes, Unreachable, The Wonderful World of Dissocia) makes his National Theatre debut with this contemporary reimagining of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tale of a haunted conscience.

Date & time

Until 09 Jan
Wed 5 Dec - Wed 9 Jan, 2.30pm & 7.30pm


National Theatre
South Bank SE1 9PX London, UK · Get Directions
£15 - £45
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