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My Brilliant Friend

A co-production with Rose Theatre Kingston

Parts One and Two
based on Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels
adapted by April De Angelis

From 12 November
Running Time: Part One approx 2 hours and 45 mins, inc. interval. Part Two approx 2 hours and 45 mins, inc. interval

4 star rating

As addictive as the books.

Time Out
4 star rating

As if Ferrante has materialised in front of us.

4 star rating

A fleet, sleek adaptation. I left this still wanting more.

Daily Telegraph
4 star rating

A triumphant staging. Richly rewarding.

4 star rating

An epic stage show that is absolutely as addictive as the books


My Brilliant Friend

Based on the celebrated novels by Elena Ferrante – published in over 50 countries – My Brilliant Friend is an epic story of love, violence, ambition and self-destruction.

When the most important person in her life goes missing without a trace, Lenu Greco, now a celebrated author, begins to recall a relationship of more than 60 years.

First meeting on the dangerous streets of postwar Naples, friends Lila and Lenu experience turbulent social and political change, from the rise of the Camorra to the sexual revolution and the transformation of their neighbourhood, city and nation. Even as life repeatedly tries to pull them in separate directions, they remain inextricably bound to one another.

Following a sold-out run at Rose Theatre Kingston, the acclaimed two-part adaptation by April De Angelis (Jumpy) is reworked for the Olivier stage by Melly Still (Coram Boy). Niamh Cusack and Catherine McCormack return to play Lenu and Lila.

Please note: This production contains gunshots, drug use, and some violent and sexually violent scenes, that some people may find distressing. If you require further information, contact details are provided in our Help centre.

Buy the book

Discover Elena Ferrante’s original novel from our online shop. Every purchase supports the work of the National Theatre.
The Neapolitan Novels are published by Europa Editions. 


Talks and events

Bicycle Thieves (film screening) Mon 25 Nov, 6.30pm
Love, Honour, Jealousy and Marriage in Italy: 1945 –1970s Wed 8 Jan, 6pm,
Actors Niamh Cusack and Catherine McCormack Fri 10 Jan, 3pm
Making My Brilliant Friend Thu 16 Jan, 10.30am
A Short History of Modern Italy Fri 17 Jan, 6pm
Writer April de Angelis and Director Melly Still, Tue 18 Feb, 6pm

My Brilliant Friend ticket prices and Access performances

Individual Parts One and Two Ticket prices

Monday - Thursday eves, all matinees
*£86, £66, £57, £46, £32, £15
Friday & Saturday eves
*£89, £69, £60, £52, £35, £20
Ways to save
Previews 12 - 25 November

*£69, £49 – £15

Two-show days ticket prices

On two-show days only combined tickets are available. These tickets offer a saving of up to £10.
Monday - Thursday performances
*£162, £122, £104, £87, £59, £30
Friday & Saturday performances
*£165, £125, £107, £93, £62, £35
Previews 16, 20, 23 November
*£138, £98 – £30

Access Performances

Audio-described performances, for blind and visually impaired people:
Two show day (Parts One & Two): Sat 4 January, 2pm (preceded by a Touch Tour  at 12.30pm) & 7.30pm
Part Two: Tue 14 January, 2pm

Captioned performances, for deaf or hard-of-hearing people:
Two show days (Parts One & Two): Sat 21 December, 2pm
Two show days (Parts One & Two): Sat 28 December, 2pm
Part One: Mon 6 January, 7.30pm
Part Two: Wed 15 January, 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.

My Brilliant Friend Terrace Restaurant package

Customers booking to see both parts of My Brilliant Friend in a single day can enjoy a free Bellini with their dinner in the Terrace Restaurant, for sittings between 4.30pm and 6.30pm.
Click here to view a sample menu and find out about the Terrace Restaurant here.

To qualify for a free Bellini select the My Brilliant Friend dinner package (£19.50) after adding tickets for My Brilliant Friend: Two-show day to your basket, and present your restaurant booking voucher to the waiting staff when they take your selection order.

Start now and book tickets for My Brilliant Friend: Two-show day

A selection of dishes from the Terrace Restaurant

Smart caption glasses

Smart caption glasses are a revolutionary new way for people with hearing loss to enjoy performances at the National Theatre. For the first time, service users can experience our productions, including this one, from any seat in any theatre.

Find out about smart caption glasses

People wearing Smart Caption Glasses at a performance in the theatre


Production team

Photography (Catherine McCormack and Niamh Cusack) by Jillian Edelstein

Help Centre

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