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The World Premiere of Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend

London - from February 25 to April 2
Rose Theatre Kingston


A two-part stage adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan quartet of novels.

Adapted for the stage by April De Angelis | Directed by Melly Still.

Sat 25 February – Sun 2 April

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WIN A TRIP TO NAPLES: To celebrate the world premiere of My Brilliant Friend, we are offering one lucky customer and their brilliant friend the chance to win fabulous prizes including a dream trip to Naples! To enter, all you need to do is post a short story, a photo with a caption and/or a short video clip about your brilliant friend by Fri 24 Mar on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #RoseBrilliant Click here for full details.

Elena Ferrante’s highly addictive Neapolitan novels make their stage debut at the Rose, starring Niamh Cusack and Catherine McCormack.

My Brilliant Friend is a coming-of-age epic exploring the lifelong friendship between Elena Greco and Lila Cerullo, following the two girls from their childhood in a poor 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. The two-part play boasts an exciting and dynamic cast led by stars of the stage and screen, Niamh Cusack and Catherine McCormack.

Regarded as ‘one of the most exciting and compelling contemporary literary voices today’, Elena Ferrante was chosen this year as one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people on the planet. Very little, however, is known about the author - she writes under a pseudonym, explaining: ‘Anonymity lets me concentrate exclusively on writing'.

PLEASE NOTE: The stage adaptation condenses Ferrante’s four novels (My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, The Story of the Lost Child) into one play presented in two parts. Audiences will be able to see both parts in one day, or on separate days. Click here for more info.