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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

Pauline Gibson is a junior doctor, who becomes the face of a campaign to save her local hospital. She’s thrust from angel of the NHS, to becoming an independent MP.

In the Houses of Parliament, she crosses paths with her university boyfriend, Jack Gould, a stalwart Labour loyalist, climbing the ranks of the party.

As media and public pressure mounts on Pauline to run for leadership of the Labour party, she faces an agonising decision.

David Hare’s explosive new play, set in a very different 2018, portrays personal choices and their public consequences, through a twenty year intimate friendship.

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.’

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

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
16 – 21: Making the political personal, Tue 22 January, 5pm

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


Absorbing. A passionate, fluent production.


I'm Not Running | An introduction

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I'm Not Running | Which leaders inspire you?

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Selected previous David Hare productions at the NT

NT Live broadcast

National Theatre Live will broadcast I'm Not Running to over 700 cinemas across the UK, and more internationally, on Thursday 31 January 2019.

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NT Live: I'm Not Running

I'm Not Running | Interview with the director

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Production team

Photography (Siân Brooke) by Felicity McCabe.

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