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A National Theatre and Wales Millennium Centre Co-production


A new play by Tim Price

18 May – 1 June 2024

Donald Gordon Theatre

One man’s dream of the NHS, starring Michael Sheen.

From campaigning at the coalfield to leading the battle to create the NHS, Aneurin 'Nye' Bevan is often referred to as the politician who's had the greatest influence on the UK without ever being Prime Minister.

Confronted with death, Nye's deepest memories lead him on a mind-bending journey back through his life; from childhood to mining underground, Parliament and fights with Churchill in an epic Welsh fantasia.

This is rated out of 5 stars

"A taut and fluid triumph"

The i
This is rated out of 5 stars

"Throughout it all, Sheen burns with genuine passion"

The Times
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Michael Sheen (Good Omens) is Nye Bevan in this surreal and spectacular journey through the life and legacy of the man who transformed the welfare state. It's written by Welsh playwright and screenwriter Tim Price (Teh Internet is Serious Business) and directed by the National Theatre's Artistic Director Rufus Norris (London Road).

A National Theatre and Wales Millennium Centre Co-production



Remy Beasley
Matthew Bulgo
Dyfan Dwyfor
Roger Evans
Ross Foley
Jon Furlong
Daniel Hawksford
Bea Holland
Stephanie Jacob
Kezrena James
Tony Jayawardena
Michael Keane
Nicholas Khan
Rebecca Killick
Oliver Llewellyn-Jenkins
Mark Matthews
Rhodri Meilir
Ashley Mejri
Lee Mengo
David Monteith
Mali O’Donnel
Sara Otung
Michael Sheen
Sharon Small


Director – Rufus Norris
Set Designer – Vicki Mortimer
Costume Designer – Kinnetia Isidore
Lighting Designer – Paule Constable
Co-Choreographers – Steven Hoggett, Jess Williams
Composer – Will Stuart
Sound Designer – Donato Wharton
Projection Designer – Jon Driscoll
Associate Director – Francesca Goodridge
Casting – Alastair Coomer CDG, Chloe Blake
Voice – Cathleen McCarron, Tamsin Newlands
Associate Set Designer – Matt Hellyer
Associate Costume Designer – Zoë Thomas-Webb
Dialect Coach – Patricia Logue
Producer – Pádraig Cusack


The production at the National Theatre is supported by the Huo Family Foundation and Rosetrees Foundation. The commissioning of this play was generously supported by the Sir Peter Shaffer Charitable Foundation. This play is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Plays Award.

This is rated out of 5 stars

"A valiant and valuable affirmation of the NHS"


“What an incredible performance from the master Michael Sheen... Go see it”

Jason Mohammad

Please note that seats at the rear and sides of the upper circle may have a restricted view of some of the staging for Nye, and tickets have been priced accordingly. If you have already booked, you can choose to exchange your seats (subject to availability) by logging into My Account.

Find out how to make an exchange in our guide.

Age guidance: 12+ (no under 2s)
Under 16s must be accompanied by a paying adult age 18+

Start time:
Mon – Sat 7.30pm
Thu + Sat 2.30pm

Running time: 2 hours 40 minutes including an interval

Warnings: This production takes place in a hospital setting and includes references to medical conditions and procedures throughout. It contains the use of strong language.

The producers cannot guarantee the appearance of any particular artist, which is always subject to illness and holidays.


Audio Description + Touch Tours
Sat 25 May, 2.30pm
Tue 28 May 7.30pm
Touch Tour available 1 hour 15 minutes prior to performance. Just add to Basket at the final stage of booking or call 029 2063 6464.
Audio described by Willie Elliot

BSL Performance
Thu 23 May 7.30pm
BSL interpreted by Donna Cauchi

Fri 24 May 7.30pm
Thu 30 May 2.30pm
Captioned by Suzanne Biesty


£10 off on Mon 20 May (top 2 prices), limited availability. Become a member.


Groups 10+ from £5 off (top 2 prices). Groups payment date 5 February 2024. Organise a group visit.


£5 off (top 2 prices).


£8 off (top 3 prices).


£12 — one free teacher's seat with every 10 pupils (call 029 2063 6464)
Available Mon – Thu on selected seats.

All offers subject to allocations and availability.

Book as early as you can to ensure the best choice of seats. Ticket prices are subject to change without notice and will reflect current demand.

Open Captioning

BSL Interpreted

Audio Described

Touch Tour

The Donald Gordon Theatre during a Patti Smith concert

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