The Normal Heart (National Theatre)
The Normal Heart (National Theatre)
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The Normal Heart (National Theatre) London Reviews and Tickets

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Must see, Resonant, Absorbing, Exquisite, Thought-provoking

Dominic Cooke's production of Larry Kramer's highly influential play about the 1980s AIDS crisis.

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307 Reviews | 62 Followers
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Great writing, Great acting

See it if essential.

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12 Reviews | 2 Followers
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Must see, Exquisite, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy poignant shows. Incredible performances by the entire company, who took on a sensitive subject with sensitivity & grace.

Don't see it if Stories about the AIDS epidemic are triggering for you.

Critic Reviews (5)

What's On Stage (UK)
September 30th, 2021

The triumph of Cooke's production is the way it respects every beat of Kramer's political arguments and all his play's wit and style – it is often very funny – while never letting us forget that this here is above all a tragedy of men who lost men they loved, as friends and as partners.
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The Guardian (UK)
October 1st, 2021

Nonetheless, this is a resonant moment to revive Kramer’s poignant and incendiary drama about the politics and prejudice around infectious disease, as well as gay love and activism...The play captures the anger and internal schisms in the community with searing clarity.
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The Stage (UK)
October 1st, 2021

Kramer’s play sometimes feels like it is a series of speeches, but they’re speeches still capable of making you sob...Kramer’s play is living history, written without the benefit of hindsight, and it remains undimmed by time.
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The Arts Desk
October 4th, 2021

Although Kramer’s militant drama is light on subjectivity, and his writing style is impersonal, with a preference for debate over imaginative metaphor, there is a clarity and pace in this story, with its good guys, bad guys and in-between guys, that lifts the play above the usual run of docu-dramas.
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London Theatre
October 4th, 2021

It is astonishing to think that Larry Kramer’s largely autobiographical play debuted in 1985, right in the midst of the AIDS crisis. No wonder it feels like a missive from the battlefield, blood and shrapnel clinging to every word.
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