Overview

Synopsis

Sigrid Thornton and William McInnes make their highly anticipated return to the MTC stage in this love story for the neuroscience age. Sexy, funny and thought-provoking, this much-raved-about work won the Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Best New Play.
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Reviews

Made me feel like cheering.

The Independent
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Synopsis

Lucy Prebble’s provocative, award-winning new play has wowed London critics, raising fascinating questions about the true nature of happiness in our overly medicated age.

Love can blossom in the most unexpected places, even in a drug trial clinic. It’s here that two test volunteers, unemployed drifter Tristan and psychology student Connie, dutifully take their anti-depressant medication under the scientific gaze of Dr James. When Tristan and Connie fall for each other, their happiness seems the most natural thing in the world. But what if the chemistry between them is only a side-effect of the drug they’re taking?

Directed by Leticia Cáceres, The Effect stars Sigrid Thornton and William McInnes in their long-awaited return to the MTC stage, alongside Nathaniel Dean and Zahra Newman. This astonishing play explores our pill-popping culture, our love of being in love, and what’s real in a world where millions are living in a chemically controlled reality.

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Cast & Crew

Nathaniel Dean

Nathaniel Dean

Tristan

William McInnes

William McInnes

Dr Toby

Zahra Newman

Zahra Newman

Connie

Sigrid Thornton

Sigrid Thornton

Dr James

Andrew Bailey

Andrew Bailey

Set Designer

Kate Davis

Kate Davis

Costume Designer

Damien Cooper

Damien Cooper

Lighting Designer

Chris More

Chris More

Video Designer

Stephanie Lake

Stephanie Lake

Choreographer

Kate Sulan

Kate Sulan

Assistant Director

News & Reviews

Reviews

Made me feel like cheering.

The Independent

Utterly absorbing.

The Guardian
5
The Telegraph, London Evening Standard

Venues

Attendance Information

  • Recommended for 15 years and older
  • Contains some coarse language, adult themes, discussion of depression and the use of herbal cigarettes.
  • FM Hearing Systems are available for this production
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