by  Mike Leigh

Full Length Play, Drama  /  1m, 5f

War widow Dorothy lives in a London suburb with her 15-year-old daughter Victoria and her older bachelor brother Edwin.

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    1m, 5f
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

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1957. War widow Dorothy lives in a London suburb with her 15-year-old daughter Victoria and her older bachelor brother Edwin. More and more isolated from her married friends with their successful children, Dorothy tries to cope with Victoria's increasingly hostile behaviour.


But is she doing her best, as she thinks, or is she in fact responsible for what threatens to become an unendurable situation?

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This exquisitely observed, profoundly quiet slice of 1950s suburban life circles around grief of the concealed, Rattigan variety....Leigh meticulously shows us a group of people trapped by middle-class gentility, without ever condescending to them...Be warned, it will take you almost beyond what’s bearable. Sunday Times


A haunting portrait of loss and loneliness. Financial Times


Leigh’s meticulous production potently captures the pain that lurked behind stiff upper lips in the England of the warned: brilliant though it often is, GRIEF casts a potent pall of desolation that lingers long after the show itself is over. Daily Telegraph.


Parenting/Family, War



  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

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  • Time Period: 1950s
  • Setting:

    Drawing room of Dorothy's house in a leafy West London suburb.

    Between early winter 1957 and autumn 1958

  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes


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Mike Leigh

Mike Leigh trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, at Camberwell and Central Art Schools in London, and at the London Film School. He has written and directed over twenty stage plays. These include Babies Grow Old (1974), Abigail's Party (1977), Ecstasy (1979), Goose-Pimples (1981), Smelling A Rat (1988), Gree ...

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First performed in the Cottlesloe auditorium of the National Theatre on 21st September 2011

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