National Theatre


17 Jan 2018 - 03 Mar 2018

£15.00 - £55.00

Pro reviewers rating
13 reviews

4.1 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
1 reviews

5.0 out of 5.0

The week after Thanksgiving. A bed & breakfast in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. A cheerful innkeeper. A young couple struggling to stay together. Thousands of inanimate objects, watching.

European Premeire.


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“Brave, magnificent play... a flourish that also emphasises its theatricality... Audacious artistry and careful craft.”

Sarah Crompton (What's On Stage, Guardian)

“Utterly remarkable... In MacDonald’s beautifully measured production, there’s an ocean of meaning behind each moment.”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Dazzlingly rich exploration of life, love, and the supernatural... Exquisite, disturbing – and startlingly funny.”

Sam Marlowe (The Times, The Stage, Time Out, Arts Desk)

“Superlatively staged... Slithering between the ordinary and the uncanny, John vibrates to a highly strung, incontinent empathy.”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“Nothing is quite as it seems... Macdonald’s direction and Baker’s writing lend a stately, filmic quality to the action.”

Arts Desk (other reviewers)

“Magnificently unhurried and slow-burn... Truly haunting... Quirkily funny and disquieting... Beautifully acted... Engrossing.”

Other newspaper reviewers

“Unfolds wisp by wisp... more a mosaic than a steady build to a revelation... Burke: wonderful... annoying yet compelling.”

Ian Shuttleworth (Financial Times)

“Full of sticky silences and conversations that seem to go nowhere... Burke’s delightfully quirky... Watson is magnetic... Eerie.”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“What Baker does, remarkably, is use the trappings of a spooky thriller to explore universal emotions... Meticulous production.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Epic.. Spellbinding in its ability to draw an audience close... The smallest of interactions and realisations are writ large.”

Marianka Swain (Broadway World, Arts Desk)

“Could easily drag, but the down-beat, high-risk process is assisted by a batch of spot-on performances expertly directed.”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Cunningly innocuous... Watson very nearly steals the whole show with her gnomic utterances... Rose is consistently charming.”

Patrick Marmion (Time Out, Daily Mail)

“I spent a night that felt like an entire weekend watching this play set in a doll-infested B&B in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.”

Ann Treneman (Times)

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