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★★★★★ ‘A must-see hit. Quite simply, magnificent’ Evening Standard

A National Theatre production in association with Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch


by David Eldridge

Directed by Joe Lichtenstein
From the Original Production by Polly Findlay

Every story starts somewhere…

It’s the early hours of the morning and Danny from Upminster is the last straggler at Laura’s party. The flat’s in a mess. And so are they. One more drink?

Romford-born David Eldridge (In Basildon) returns home with a ‘gorgeous new play’ (Independent) that takes a touching look at the first fragile moments of risking your heart and taking a chance.

This tender‎ and funny critically acclaimed smash hit received its world premiere at the National Theatre before transferring to the West End. It’s being revived and relaunched by Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch this Autumn, before embarking on a national tour.

★★★★★ ‘Wry, funny and touching’ Independent

★★★★★ ‘One of the funniest, most touching seduction scenes you’ll ever see on stage’ Daily Telegraph

★★★★★ ‘A hilarious bittersweet rom-com. A modern classic’ Radio Times

★★★★★ ‘A pleasure. Honest, funny and good-hearted’ What’s On Stage

★★★★ ‘An expertly scripted rom-com. A glorious evening’ The Times

★★★★ ‘Very funny. Tender and resonant’ The Stage

★★★★ ‘A poignant real-time examination of relationships’ The Guardian

Performances for this production will be sold as a mixture of full capacity and social distancing – see below to choose which you’d prefer.

Fri 3 Sep 8pm Full Capacity
Sat 4 Sep 8pm Socially Distanced
Mon 6 Sep 7.30pm Socially Distanced
Tue 7 Sep 7.30pm Full Capacity
Wed 8 Sep 7.30pm Socially Distanced
Thu 9 Sep 2.30pm Socially Distanced
Thu 9 Sep 8pm Full Capacity
Fri 10 Sep 8pm Socially Distanced
Sat 11 Sep 2.30pm Socially Distanced
Sat 11 Sep 8pm Full Capacity
Mon 13 Sep 7.30pm Full Capacity
Tue 14 Sep 7.30pm Socially Distanced
Wed 15 Sep 7.30pm Full Capacity
Thu 16 Sep 2.30pm Full Capacity
Thu 16 Sep 8pm Socially Distanced
Fri 17 Sep 8pm Full Capacity
Sat 18 Sep 2.30pm Full Capacity
Sat 18 Sep 8pm Socially Distanced


This production contains smoking.


Beginning – free sheet programme



3 - 18 Sep 2021


Various times, see below


£12.50 - £29 plus 65p QRenew Fee
Under 26s £8

Running Time

100 minutes


No interval in this performance

Access Details

Audio Described performance
Sat 11 Sep | 2.30pm


Main House

Cast + Creatives

Director Joe Lichtenstein
Designer Fly Davis
Lighting Designer Jack Knowles
Sound Designer Paul Arditti
Movement Director Naomi Said
Movement Associate Jess Williams
Design Associate Libby Todd

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