Rupert Goold directs J B Priestley's play.
The Conways, celebrating Kay's 21st birthday in 1919, seem a golden family - safe and well after the Great War, looking forward to future careers, marriages, and a brave new world. Through J B Priestley's masterly manipulation of time, we see into their future and back again to where the seeds of their downfall were planted.
Priestley was fascinated by the study of time. Writing in 1937, he saw how Britain was complacently failing to learn from history and charging headlong towards another conflagration.
The first production of a play by Priestley at the National since An Inspector Calls in 1992.