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Jack Absolute Flies Again

by Richard Bean and Oliver Chris
based on Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s The Rivals

From 15 April
Running Time: tbc

Jack Absolute Flies Again

Love is in the air.

July 1940. After an aerial dog fight, Pilot Officer Jack Absolute flies home to rejoin his intrepid young Hurricane squadron at RAF Fontwell (formerly Malaprop Hall).

Back on British soil, Jack is shocked to find his old flame, Lydia, on the base. Setting his sights on winning her heart, Jack’s advances turn to anarchy when the young heiress demands to be loved on her own terms.

‘One of the funniest productions in the National’s history.’
Guardian on One Man, Two Guvnors

Staged to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, Thea Sharrock (After The Dance) directs a riotous new comedy based on Sheridan’s The Rivals, co-written by Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guvnors) and Oliver Chris, and a cast including Caroline Quentin and Richard Fleeshman.


Production supported by: Juliet de Baubigny

Talks and Events

Designing Jack Absolute Wed 6 May, 6pm, £9/£6
Writers Richard Bean and Oliver Chris Fri 8 May, 6pm, £9/£6
Playwriting at the NT with Richard Bean Sat 16 May, 10.30am – 1pm, £40/£25
Hurricane (film screening) Mon 18 May, 5.30pm, £6/£4
Making the Show: Jack Absolute Tue 16 June, 2pm, £35/£20/£7.5
Mrs Malaprop Goes to War Thu 18 June, 6pm, £9/£6

Public booking for new performances opens on Friday 13 March, 8.30am

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Jack Absolute Flies Again ticket prices and Access performances

Ticket prices

Monday - Thursday eves, all matinees
*£86, £66, £57, £46, £32, £15
Friday & Saturday eves
*£89, £69, £60, £52, £35, £20
Previews 15 - 27 April
*£69, £49 - £15

Access performances

Audio-described performances, for blind and visually impaired people:
Fri 19 June, 7.30pm
Sat 20 June, 2pm preceded by a Touch Tour at 12.30pm

Captioned performances, for deaf or hard-of-hearing people:
Sat 23 May, 2pm
Tue 16 June, 7.30pm


*Some of the best seats in the house are premium priced. They help to ensure we can continue to offer low price seats for all our productions; the National Theatre is a charity and only 17% government-funded. This year nearly 30% of our tickets are available for £20 or less.

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