My Brilliant Friend

Elena Ferrante's intense portrait of an all-consuming female friendship in post-war Italy is brought to life for the first time on the Rose stage.

This modern family saga chronicles the lives of friends, Elena and Lila, following them from their childhoods in a poor, tough neighbourhood of Naples, through passionate love affairs, burgeoning careers and family struggles. But even as life repeatedly tries to pull the two in separate directions, Elena and Lila remain inextricably bound to one another.

A powerful story of love, violence, sex, ambition, genius and self-destruction, the two-part play is an exploration not just of female friendship and rivalry, but of Italy after the war and the decades of political turmoil and cultural change that followed.

Schedule

Running Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes; one intermission

Rose Theatre

(Kingston, )
24-26 High St., Kingston KT1 1HL, UK
Kingston,
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by Gary Naylor - March 20, 2017
Naples is brought to London, as we track the extraordinary lives of Lila and Lenu in an adaptation of Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels that overreaches itself.