DV8 return to the National Theatre’s Lyttelton stage with ‘JOHN’, running from 30 October 2014 to 13 January 2015

DV8 and The National Theatre present


Conceived and Directed by Lloyd Newson

Creative Associate: Hannes Langolf

Set Design by Anna Fleischle | Lighting by Richard Godin | Sound Design by Gareth Fry

Thursday 30 October 2014 to Tuesday 13 January 2015

Following the worldwide success of Can We Talk About This?, DV8 return to the National’s Lyttelton stage with JOHN, a new verbatim dance-theatre work by Lloyd Newson, Artistic Director of DV8.

JOHN will open to press at the National Theatre in November but is also embarking on a UK and European tour which includes travelling to Vienna, Lyon, Budapest, Athens, Liverpool, Brighton, Coventry, Barcelona, Salford and Blackpool with more dates to be announced shortly.

Director and creator Lloyd Newson interviewed more than 50 men asking frank questions, initially about love and sex. One of those men was John.

What emerged was a story that is both extraordinary and touching. Years of crime, drug use and struggling to survive lead John on a search in which his life converges with others in an unexpected place, unknown by most. JOHN authentically depicts real-life stories, combining movement and spoken word.

DV8 Physical Theatre’s previously visited the the National with Can We Talk About This?, To Be Straight With You and Just For Show. DV8 has made 18 works and won many awards since their inception in 1986, including a Grand Prix de Danse, an international Emmy for Performing Arts, a Rose d’Or, three Prix Italia and a Helpmann Award for Best New Dance Work

The performers are Taylor Benjamin, Lee Boggess, Gabriel Castillo, Ian Garside, Ermira Goro, Garth Johnson, Hannes Langolf, Vivien Wood and Andi Xhuma.

JOHN is co-produced by the National Theatre, Biennale de la Danse de Lyon, Theatre de la Ville, and Festival d’Automne, Paris, Dansens Hus Stockholm, Dansens Hus Oslo and DV8 Physical Theatre.

Contains adult themes, strong language and nudity. Suitable for 16 years.


For more information and to book tickets, please Click Here.


JOHN will be broadcast to cinemas by NT Live on 9 December.


Tour Dates:

Tuesday 5 Aug and Thursday 7 – Saturday 9 August 2014

ImPulsTanz Wien, Vienna International Dance Festival


Wed 10 – Fri 12 September 2014

Biennale de la Danse de Lyon


Wed 1 – Fri 3 October 2014

Trafo Center, Budapest


Sun 12 – Wed 15 October 2014

Onassis Cultural Center, Athens


Thur 23 and Fri 24 October 2014

Playhouse, Liverpool


Thur 30 October 2014 to Tues 13 January 2015

National Theatre


Wed 28 and Thur 29 January 2015

Brighton Dome


Wed 4 – Sat 7 February 2015

Warwick Arts Centre


Tues 19 – Sat 21 February 2015

Mercat de les Flors, Barcelona


Tues 26 and Wed 27 February 2015

The Lowry, Salford


Tues 12 and Wed 13 March 2015

The Grand Theatre, Blackpool


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