"Amazing virtual reality"
-The Times-

"Spectacular visuals"
-The Stage-

"All-encompassing wonder"

Sorry, Ugly Lies the Bone closed on 06 Jun 2017

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About the show

Lindsey Ferrentino’s Ugly Lies the Bone made its European premiere at the Lyttelton Theatre in March 2017. The award-winning playwright’s drama previously played a sold-out season at Roundabout Theater Company, before transferring to London for a limited run.

Ugly Lies the Bone follows injured soldier Jess, who returns home to Florida after three tours in Afghanistan and months in a severe burns unit. As the final shuttle is about to launch in a small town in Space Coast, Jess is forced to confront her scars – and a home that may have changed even more than she is.

Experimenting with pioneering therapy in virtual reality, Jess begins to find somewhere that she can escape her pain. Soon, she discovers that she can restore her relationships, her life, and very slowly, herself.
Kate Fleetwood (London Road, Medea) stars as Jess, alongside Buffy Davis (The Archers), Olivia Darnley (Twelfth Night), Ralf Little (Dead Funny) and Kris Marshall (The Invention of Love).

Directed by Indhu Rubasingham (Red Velvet), Ugly Lies the Bone features set design by Es Devlin, costume design by Johanna Coe, video design by Luke Halls, lighting design by Oliver Fenwick, sound design and music by Ben and Max Ringham, and movement by Lucy Hand.

Ugly Lies the Bone opened at the National’s Lyttelton Theatre on February 22nd and plays until June 6th 2017, having had an official opening night on March 1st 2017.

Who Should See It?

A great opportunity to see some renowned actors on stage.

Ugly Lies the Bone may not be suitable for young children.

Playing at

National Theatre - Lyttelton
National Theatre, Southbank
Seating Plan

National Theatre - Lyttelton seating plan

Booking period

22nd Feb 2017

18th Nov 2017

6th Jun 2017

Running time

1 hour 35 mins (no interval)


May not be suitable for young children