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I'm Not Running

a new play by David Hare

Now playing
Running Time: Approx 2 hrs 40 mins inc interval

I'm Not Running

Do I run? This is the question which is facing Pauline Gibson. She has spent her life as a doctor, the inspiring leader of a local health campaign. When she crosses paths with her old boyfriend, Jack Gould, a stalwart loyalist in Labour Party politics, she’s faced with an agonising decision.

What’s involved in sacrificing your private life and your peace of mind for something more than a single issue? Does she dare?

National Theatre Live broadcast on Thu 31 Jan

David Hare (Plenty, Skylight, Stuff Happens) was recently described by the Washington Post as ‘the premiere political dramatist writing in English.’ His explosive new play portrays the history of a twenty year intimate friendship and its public repercussions.

Siân Brooke (Doctor Foster, Sherlock) plays Pauline. Neil Armfield, Co-Artistic Director of Adelaide Festival, returns to direct. 

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Production supported by Marcia Grand in loving memory of Richard Grand

Talks and events

Exploring I’m Not Running Thu 29 Nov, 2pm
Writer David Hare Mon 3 Dec, 6pm, (Captioned)
Nick de Bois: Confessions of a Recovering MP Fri 11 Jan, 6pm,
Jess Phillips: One Woman’s Truth About Speaking the Truth Fri 11 Jan, 7.30pm
Actors Siân Brooke, Alex Hassell and Joshua McGuire on I'm Not Running Tue 15 January, 3pm

David Hare’s Labour play hits political bullseyes. A terrific performance from Siân Brooke.


Absorbing. A passionate, fluent production.


The performances are impeccable; the design is immaculate.

Daily Telegraph

I'm Not Running | An introduction

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Selected previous David Hare productions at the NT

I'm Not Running | Which leaders inspire you?

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Production team

I'm Not Running ticket prices and Access performances

Ticket prices

Monday - Thursday eves, all matinees
£62, £54, £44, £31, £15
Friday & Saturday eves
£67, £58, £48, £34, £18
Ways to save
Previews 2 - 6 October

£47 - £15

Access Performances

Audio-described performances, for blind and visually impaired people:
Fri 18 January, 7.30pm
Sat 19 January, 2.15pm preceded by a Touch Tour

Captioned performances, for deaf or hard-of-hearing people:
Tue 11 December, 2.15pm
Mon 14 January, 7.30pm

Photography (Siân Brooke) by Felicity McCabe.

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