A new play by Nick Payne

21 April 2016 - 18 June 2016

What if every neuron in the human brain could be mapped and decoded? Every act of human behaviour catalogued and wholly understood? Elegy imagines a very-near future in which radical and unprecedented advances in medical science mean that it’s now possible to augment and extend life.

Through the beautiful and moving story of three women who’ve made the choice between love and survival, Elegy explores a world in which the brain is no longer a mystery to us. But at what cost?

Supported by a Wellcome Trust Arts Award

Recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Plays Award

Run time: 1 hour and 15 minutes (no interval)

Cast & Creative Team

  • Barbara Flynn - Read bio

    Barbara Flynn - Biography

    Barbara Flynn

    For the Donmar: Versailles;
    The Bullet.
    Theatre includes: High Society
    (Old Vic); Copenhagen, Hamlet,
    Sorry (Sheffield); The Revenger’s
    Tragedy, King Lear, Antigone,
    Tales from Hollywood, Early Days,
    The Philanderer, Plunder (NT);
    An Experiment with an Air Pump,
    Short List, The Perfectionist
    (Hampstead); Agamemnon’s
    Children, Women of Troy (Gate);
    The Way of the World (Lyric
    Hammersmith); The Millionairess
    (Greenwich); The Norman
    Conquests (Birmingham);
    Trelawney of the Wells,
    An Inspector Calls (Liverpool
    Playhouse); A Murder Is
    Announced (Vaudeville);
    Vivat Vivat Regina (Mermaid).
    Film includes: The Christmas
    Candle; Miss Potter; Cheerful
    Weather for the Wedding;
    Burlesque Fairytales; You’re Dead.
    Television includes: The Durrells;
    1864; Pat & Cabbage; The
    Borgias; Just Henry; Midsomer
    Murders; Cranford; New Tricks;
    The Queen; 10 Days to War; The
    Marchioness Disaster; Cracker;
    The Line of Beauty; Elizabeth I;
    Malice Aforethought; Sea of
    Souls; Poirot; He Knew He Was
    Right; The Inspector Lynley
    Mysteries; Hornblower; Murder
    in Mind; Sweet Medicine; Night
    Flight; The Forsyte Saga; Perfect;
    Death on the Nile; Lorna Doone;
    Wives and Daughters; Dear
    Nobody; The Vanishing Man;
    Chandler & Co; Maigret; After
    Henry; Boon; Benefactors; The
    Justice Game; The Beiderbecke
    Affair; The Beiderbecke Tapes;
    The Beiderbecke Connection;
    Inspector Morse; A Very Peculiar
    Practice; Season’s Greetings;
    The Barchester Chronicles; The
    New Adventures of Lucky Jim;
    Open All Hours; The Bagthorpe
    Saga; Maybury; No Visible Scar;
    Moving On; Second Chance;
    The Gentle Touch; The Last Song;
    Keep it in the Family; Standing in
    for Henry; Love on a Gunboat;
    Murder Most English; The Flight
    Fund; A Family at War.

  • Nina Sosanya - Read bio

    Nina Sosanya - Biography

    Nina Sosanya

    For the Donmar: The Vote;
    Privacy; The Vortex.
    Theatre includes: Platanov,
    Ivanov (Chichester/NT); Where’s
    My Seat, Apologia (Bush); Cat on
    a Hot Tin Roof (Novello); Love’s
    Labour’s Lost, As You Like It,
    The Herbal Bed, Henry V (RSC);
    Fix Up, House and Garden, Antony
    and Cleopatra (NT); Almost
    Nothing (Royal Court); The
    Marriage of Figaro (Manchester
    Royal Exchange); The Nativity
    (Young Vic); Deadmeat (WYP).
    Film includes: Manderlay;
    Code 46; Love Actually.
    Television includes: Marcella;
    You, Me and the Apocalypse;
    W1A; Last Tango in Halifax;
    Wizards vs Aliens; Lewis; Vera;
    Hustle; Treasure Island; Silent
    Witness; TwentyTwelve; Silk; FM;
    Framed; Bonekickers; Messiah;
    Cape Wrath; Doctor Who; Sorted;
    The Reichenbach Falls; Wide
    Sargasso Sea; Casanova; Much
    Ado About Nothing; Nathan
    Barley; The Debt; People Like Us;
    The Jury; Teachers.

  • Zoe Wanamaker - Read bio

    Zoe Wanamaker - Biography

    Zoe Wanamaker

    For the Donmar: Boston
    Marriage (also Ambassadors);
    Electra – Olivier Award (also
    Chichester/Richmond); The Glass
    Menagerie (also Harold Pinter).
    Theatre includes: All On Her
    Own, Harlequinade (Garrick);
    Zorba the Greek, Awake and Sing,
    Electra, Loot, Piaf (NY); Stevie
    (Chichester/Hampstead); Passion
    Play (Duke of York’s); The Cherry
    Orchard, Much Ado About
    Nothing, The Rose Tattoo, His Girl
    Friday, Battle Royal, The Crucible,
    Mrs Klein, The Bay at Nice,
    Wrecked Eggs, The Importance of
    Being Earnest (NT); All My Sons
    (Apollo); The Old Neighbourhood
    (Royal Court); Sylvia (Apollo);
    Dead Funny (Hampstead/
    Vaudeville); The Last Yankee
    (Young Vic); Othello (RSC/Young
    Vic); Made In Bangkok (LA); After
    Aida (Welsh National Opera);
    Time of Your Life, The Comedy of
    Errors, Twelfth Night, Piaf, Once
    in a Lifetime, Captain Swing,
    The Taming of the Shrew, Wild
    Oats, Ivanov, The Devil’s Disciple
    Film includes: My Week With
    Marilyn; It’s a Wonderful Afterlife;
    Five Children and It; Harry Potter
    and the Philosopher’s Stone;
    Swept from the Sea; Wilde;
    The Raggedy Rawney; The
    Hunger; Inside the Third Reich;
    The Last 10 Days of Hitler.
    Television includes: Mr Selfridge;
    Poirot; Wodehouse in Exile; The
    Man; My Family; The Old Curiosity
    Shop; Johnny and the Bomb;
    Waste of Shame; Doctor Who;
    Miss Marple; The Cappuccino
    Years; David Copperfield;
    Leprechaun; Gormanghast;
    A Dance to the Music of Time;
    The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd;
    The English Wife; Countless Alice;
    Memento Mori; Blackheath
    Poisonings; Love Hurts;
    Prime Suspect.


  • The acting is flawless

    The Times
  • Zoe Wanamaker is superb in Nick Payne's soulful play about science

  • A beautiful production of a provocative play

    Time Out
  • Affecting

    Financial Times
  • Guardian
  • Josie Rourke's superlatively acted and immaculately well-judged production
  • This is absolutely a play of today
  • Josie Rourke's delicate, understated direction

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