My Brilliant Friend

Sat 25 Feb - Sun 02 Apr

World Premiere
A two-part dramatization of Elena Ferrante’s epic family saga | Adapted for the stage by April De Angelis | Directed by Melly Still

★★★★ 'Intensity wins through... as if Ferrante has materialised in front of us' The Observer

★★★★ 'Triumphant staging' The Guardian

★★★★ 'Fleet, sleek adaptation...I left this still wanting more' The Telegraph

★★★★ 'As addictive as the books' Time Out

★★★★ 'An epic stage show that addictive as the books' WhatsOnStage

★★★★★ 'Powerful and heart-breaking' LondonTheatre1

Elena Ferrante’s intense portrait of an all-consuming female friendship in post-war Italy is brought to life for the first time on the Rose stage. Starring Niamh Cusack and Catherine McCormack. See full cast and creative here.

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A powerful story of love, violence, sex, ambition, genius and self-destruction, Ferrante's epic saga chronicles the lives of childhood friends, Elena and Lila, from their youth in a poor, tough neighbourhood of 1950s Naples, through to adulthood. 

Set against a backdrop of turbulent social and political change, their story spans six decades of significant upheaval in post-war Italy including the rise of the Camorra, the sexual revolution and the changing role of women at home and in the workplace. But even as life repeatedly tries to pull the two in separate directions, Elena and Lila remain inextricably bound to one another. 

Published in over 50 countries, the novels have been hailed as some of the most exciting works of contemporary literature, with the last book in the series shortlisted for the 2016 International Man Booker Prize. Ferrante’s reputation is soaring; however, little is known about the identity of the author who writes under a pseudonym. “I believe that books, once they are written, have no need of their authors” she wrote in a letter to her publishers, “If they have something to say, they will sooner or later find readers; if not, they won’t.”

Celebrated for 'creating astonishingly potent' theatre, Melly Still has directed for the National Theatre, The Young Vic and Glyndebourne, amongst others. April De Angelis has written for the National Theatre, Royal Court and the RSC to name just a few.

PLEASE NOTE: this stage adaptation condenses Ferrante's four novels into one play presented in two parts (My Brilliant Friend and The Story of a New Name into Part 1; Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay and The Story of the Lost Child into Part 2).

DATES & TIMES: click here to see the full schedule. Click here to book for Parts 1 & 2 on the same day; for those who wish to see the two parts on separate days, click here to book for Part 1 and here to book for Part 2.

Please note: customers seeing both Parts 1 & 2 on the same day will sit in the same seat throughout, with Part 1 starting at 2.30pm and Part 2 at 7.30pm. Running time for each part is approx 2.5 hours (incl a 20-min interval). 


UNDER 26: £5 tickets on Mon - Thu perfs, limited availability. Call Box Office on 020 8174 0090 to book.

The competition to win a trip to Naples has now closed, however to see the Ts&Cs, please click here

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Waterstones Kingston: My Brilliant Friend ticket holders will receive 10% off any of the four books when they show their tickets – in store only. 


Touch Tour: Sat 1 Apr; Part 1: 1pm & Part 2: 6pm | Audio Description performance: Sat 1 Apr, 2.30pm and 7.30pm

My Brilliant Friend - Parts 1 & 2

My Brilliant Friend - Parts 1 & 2

My Brilliant Friend - Parts 1 & 2

Sat 25 Feb - Sun 02 Apr