Behind The Beautiful Forevers 2015


Sunday, OCTOBER 25 at 6:30pm

Monday, OCTOBER 26 at 10am


Adult: $25  |  Concession/Members: $20  |  Child (U17): $15




NTLive Screening

Behind the Beautiful Forevers a new play by David Hare

Based on the book by Katherine Boo

Starring Meera Syal

Directed by Rufus Norris

★★★★ ‘A triumph for David Hare and Meera Syal’  Guardian

★★★★ ‘David Hare’s adaptation of Katharine Boo’s acclaimed study of a Mumbai slum breaks new ground for the National’  Observer

★★★★ ‘Compelling. Unforgettably communicates a world in which life is cheap.’  Daily Telegraph

★★★★ ‘Magnificent. Rufus Norris’s production has a humane, dignified sweep that captivates’  Independent

Meera Syal (The Kumars, Goodness Gracious MeRafta Rafta at the National) returns to the National Theatre, directed by Rufus Norris (Broken, London Road).

Pulitzer Prize-winner Katherine Boo spent three years in Annawadi recording the lives of its residents. From her uncompromising book, winner of the National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2012, David Hare has fashioned a tumultuous play on an epic scale.

India is surging with global ambition. But beyond the luxury hotels surrounding Mumbai airport lies a makeshift slum, full of people with plans of their own. Zehrunisa and her son Abdul aim to recycle enough rubbish to fund a proper house. Sunil, twelve and stunted, wants to eat until he’s as tall as Kalu the thief. Asha seeks to steal government anti-poverty funds to turn herself into a ‘first-class person’, while her daughter Manju intends to become the slum’s first female graduate.

But their schemes are fragile; global recession threatens the garbage trade, and another slum-dweller is about to make an accusation that will destroy herself and shatter the neighbourhood.

For more information (including full reviews and trailer) [click here]

Confirmed screening length: 3hrs 10mins