NT: My Brilliant Friend - Parts 1 & 2

  • The National Theatre, Olivier Theatre
  • 16 November 2019 - 30 December 2019
  • Based on Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels
    Adapted by April De Angelis & Directed by Rose Associate Artist Melly Still
★★★★ 'As addictive as the books.' Time Out
★★★★ 'As if Ferrante has materialised in front of us.' Observer

★★★★ 'A fleet, sleek adaptation. I left this still wanting more.' Daily Telegraph

Based on the celebrated novels by Elena Ferrante - published in over 50 countries - My Brilliant Friend is an epic story of love, violence, ambition and self-destruction.

When the most important person in her life goes missing without a trace, Lenu Greco, now a celebrated author, begins to recall a relationship of more than 60 years.

First meeting on the dangerous streets of postwar Naples, friends Lila and Lenu experience turbulent social and political change, from the rise of the Camorra to the sexual revolution and the transformation of their neighbourhood, city and nation. Even as life repeatedly tries to pull them in separate directions, they remain inextricably bound to one another.

Following a sold-out run here at the Rose, the acclaimed two-part adaptation by April De Angelis (Jumpy) is reworked for the Olivier stage by Rose Associate Artist Melly Still (Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Coram Boy). Rose Associate Artist Niamh Cusack and Catherine McCormack return to play Lenu and Lila.


To book to see NT: My Brilliant Friend Part 1 only, click here.

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Please Note:

This event will be taking place at The National Theatre
Olivier Theatre
Upper Ground
South Bank