Main House National Theatre


A National Theatre production in association with Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch
  • 22 September - 2 October

Event Information

Evenings 7.30pm
Matinees Weds & Sat 2.30pm

Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Wed 22 Sep — Sat 2 Oct

★★★★★ “A must-see hit. Quite simply, magnificent” Evening Standard

Every story starts somewhere…

It’s the early hours of the morning and Danny is the last straggler at Laura’s housewarming party. The flat’s in a mess. And so are they. One more drink? Laura is 38, single, childless and with no immediate family; Danny is 42, divorced, living with his mother and has not seen his daughter for a number of years.

BEGINNING begins with Laura and Danny nearly kissing and charts their journey in real time as they both begin to open up to one another. They dance to Bros, consume fish finger sandwiches and share just where they are in London and their lives.

David Eldridge’s ‘gorgeous new play’ (Independent) 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 in 2017 before transferring to the West End. Revivied by Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch this Autumn, it marks the first visit by the National Theatre to the Theatre Royal Bath since 2019, as part of a major national tour.

★★★★★ “Gorgeous new play. Wry, funny and touching” Independent

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

★★★★★ “A pleasure. Honest, funny and good-hearted” Whatsonstage

★★★★ “An expertly scripted rom-com. A glorious evening” Evening Standard


Wednesday 22 September – Saturday 2 October

Evenings 7.30pm

Matinees Thursday & Saturday 2.30pm

Tickets from £24.50

A booking fee of £1.75 per ticket applies

Box Office phonelines are currently open from 10am – 6pm Monday – Saturday.

Doors open 30 minutes prior to the performance, unless otherwise stated.

Tickets for Main House productions may include a £2 building levy.

Please see the ACCESS page for details regarding our Access Register and associated discounts.

A booking fee of £1.75 per ticket applies to all bookings.

Standby tickets and standing spaces are currently unavailable

There is a lift for wheelchair users from the Theatre foyer to the Stalls and Royal Circle levels. The Dress Circle and Grand Circle are stair access only.

Full booking terms & conditions can be found here