Saint George and the Dragon
Drama

National Theatre

Saint George and the Dragon

04 Oct 2017 - 02 Dec 2017

£15.00 - £50.00

Pro reviewers rating
11 reviews

2.4 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

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A village. A dragon. A damsel in distress.

Into the story walks George: wandering knight, freedom fighter, enemy of tyrants the world over. One epic battle later and a nation is born. As the village grows into a town, and the town into a city, the myth of Saint George which once brought a people together, threatens to divide them.

Mullarkey's epic new folk play tells of a knight who became a myth, and a country in need of a story.

World Premiere

National Theatre [Off West End]

“Very enjoyable... A daft ‘Blackadder’-ish genre pastiche... A stupendously committed performance from a wig-wearing Heffernan.”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Commendable ambition... a hit-and-myth affair... The idea seems especially timely...Turner’s production is technically ingenious”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Ambitious re-imagining... Heffernan's engaging, unworldly... Shows wit and enterprise but sacrifices bright sharpness of focus.”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“Hugely ambitious... Homegrown humour and a welcome dash of poetic spirit... Bleach: terrific, swivel-eyed, sneering fun.”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“An epic modern folk tale... Heffernan: engaging... The scope of the piece is daring and it is beautifully designed.”

Heather Neill (The Stage)

“There are ticklish jokes and moments of enjoyable mischief in this long, meandering play. It’s anchored by John Heffernan.”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Ambitious but ultimately tiresome... Heffernan, an actor of delicacy and grace, does his damnedest to bring some spark.”

Natasha Tripney (The Stage, Time Out)

“Neatly addresses questions of leadership... A strong whiff of the Christmas panto... Heffernan: witty and engaging.”

Other newspaper reviewers

“Mullarkey pins down the way establishment power evolves... but also its knack for projecting an aura of invulnerability.”

Matt Trueman (What's On Stage, Time Out)

“Sprinkled with mischief. Heffernan is tremendous — a beguiling mix of bombast and naivety... Inconsistent... runs out of puff.”

Sarah Hemming (Financial Times)

“Below the standards of a bad university drama club... Rambling.. Heffernan: a certain naive charm if you like surreal wetness.”

Quentin Letts (Daily Mail)

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