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National Theatre Live
Tom Stoppard: “The Hard Problem”

NT Live

In collaboration with the British Embassy & the British Council in Athens

Transmission from the Dorfman Theatre in London by the National Theatre Live

With English subtitles

- A new play by Tom Stoppard

Direction: Nicholas Hytner
Designs: Bob Crowley

Acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love, Arcadia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead) returns to the National Theatre with his highly-anticipated new play The Hard Problem, directed by Nicholas Hytner (Othello, Hamlet, One Man, Two Guvnors).

Cast: Kristin Atherton, Anthony Calf, Daisy Jacob, Vera Chok, Jonathan Coy, Rosie Hilal, Damien Molony, Lucy Robinson, Parth Thakerar, Olivia Vinall

Hilary, a young psychology researcher at a brainscience institute, is nursing a private sorrow and a troubling question at work, where psychology and biology meet. If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness? This is ‘the hard problem’ which puts Hilary at odds with her colleagues who include her first mentor Spike, her boss Leo and the billionaire founder of the institute, Jerry. Is the day coming when the computer and the fMRI scanner will answer all the questions psychology can ask? Meanwhile Hilary needs a miracle, and she is prepared to pray for one.

photos by Johan Persson