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The Verdict Read Reviews for The Prisoner at the National Theatre See what critics think of the new play directed by theatre veterans Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne.
Hiran Abeysekera and Omar Silva Ryan Buchanan

The National Theatre production of the new play The Prisoner opened September 17 at the Dorfman Theatre. Written and directed by Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne, the play features Hiran Abeysekera, Hervé Goffings, Omar Silva, Kalieaswari Srinivasan, Donald Sumpter.

The Prisoner follows Masuvo (Abeysekera), a young man who has committed an unspeakable crime; his punishment is to sit outside a prison for 20 years without moving and contemplate his deed. He's a prisoner, though not technically incarcerated behind bars, and must refuse all gestures of help from passersby.

Peter Brook is a veteran director who has won multiple Tony and Emmy awards, as well as an Olivier, among many other accolades. He has collaborated on multiple projects with longtime co-writer and co-director Estienne.

Read reviews for The National Theatre's The Prisoner below. Check back for updates.

The Arts Desk (David Kettle)
The Telegraph (Ben Lawrence)
The Standard (Fiona Mountford)
Timeout London (Tom Wicker)

The creative team includes Philippe Vialatte (lighting design) and David Violi (stage elements).

Performances continue until October 4. For tickets and more information, visit

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