It may be over three decades since Top Girls premiered at the Royal Court, but the subject-matter and form remain wildly innovative. Writing at the height of Thatcher-ism, Churchill taps into the era of 80s optimism and the obstacles women face in the quest for equality -- so many of which remain in 2018.
We follow Marlene, who has made history as the first women to take charge at the Top Girls employment agency. To celebrate she hosts a dinner party bringing together the most powerful women across history. The result is a bravura spectacle of scintillating conversation as this fantastical gathering brings a Japenese courtesan alongside a Canterbury Tales characters, female popes, Victorian voyagers and so forth.
This surreal celebration gives more to naturalism with scenes showing us the inner workings of the employment agency and a foil for Marlene's shoulder pads and ambition in the form of her housewife sister Angie.
We look forward to seeing how this modern classic resonates with a new generation.
Public booking for Top Girls at the National Theatre opens from 8:30am on Friday 9 November.
|What||Top Girls, National Theatre|
|Where||National Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Waterloo (underground)|
26 Mar 19 – 22 Apr 19, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
|Price||£15 - £68|
|Website||Click here for more information and tickets|