The Flick

National Theatre

The Flick

13 Apr 2016 - 15 Jun 2016

£15.00 - £50.00

Pro reviewers rating
14 reviews

4.0 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
1 reviews

5.0 out of 5.0

In a run-down movie theatre in central Massachusetts, three underpaid employees mop the floors and attend to one of the last 35-millimetre film projectors in the state.

Their tiny battles and not-so-tiny heartbreaks play out in the empty aisles, becoming more gripping than the lacklustre, second-run movies on screen.

With keen insight and a finely-tuned comic eye, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play is a hilarious and heart-rending cry for authenticity in a fast-changing world.

Transfers from New York with Maher and Krause reprising their roles.


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“Understated epic of dreams, disappointment and tenacity by America’s greatest living dramatist. ”

Stewart Pringle (The Stage, Time Out)

“Humour and insight... Reveals its purpose slowly but to devastating and memorable effect...The performances are staggering. ”

Sarah Crompton (What's On Stage, Guardian)

“Astonishing... By the simple act of not demanding our attention, Baker rivetingly compels it... Hypnotic, silence-filled. ”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“An extraordinary achievement... Almost nothing happens yet we start to care... A masterly work of melancholic humanity. ”

Neil Norman (Express, The Stage)

“A new sort of good.. Habitual movements become as rhythmic as dance steps and expressive as verbs.. Tiny gestures are magnified.”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“An original and richly empathetic work... Baker succeeds in locating an achingly pure humanity. ”

Marianka Swain (Broadway World, Arts Desk)

“A beautifully nuanced unlikely hero... A delight, a gentle, subtle slow-building parable... A surprisingly good yarn. ”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“Remarkable... Hang with it and the rewards are rich: it’s a perfect mixture of levity and profundity; unhurried, but not dull. ”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Strangely uplifting... Crack cast balance the excruciating comedy and aching melancholy in wonderfully nuanced performances. ”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“Glacial pacing and stylised stares... Magnificent, almost operatic in its overblown eccentricities. ”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Touching... Maher is spectacularly good... A lovely elegiac tone... The slowness, ultra-naturalistic, becomes hypnotic. ”

Quentin Letts (Daily Mail)

“The silences! Pinter would have got twitchy... Krause, wonderfully deadpan... No great meditation on either cinema or life. ”

Fiona Mountford (Evening Standard)

“The thing that infuriates me most about Baker’s pause obsession is that this is such a sharp play ”

Ann Treneman (Times)

“Gold’s production, in a vain bid for profundity, is filled with pauses at which Pinter would baulk... The banality is unbearable”

Michael Arditti (Express)

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