by Mike Bartlett



★★★★ “A startlingly powerful play.”

Time Out


★★★★ “Remarkable… Compelling and compassionate from first to last.”

The Stage


★★★★ “Characters you feel you know, telling stories you want to hear.”



★★★★ “Radio’s loss is London theatre’s gain.”

Evening Standard


★★★★ “Deftly directed by James Hillier.”

Mail on Sunday


★★★★ “A storming success.”

London Theatre 1


★★★★★ “Beautifully delivered.”

London Theatre Reviews


★★★★★ ”An intergenerational tale that’s both intimate and far-reaching.”



★★★★★ ”Oozes class.”

Hackney Gazette


“Sensitively acted… startlingly pertinent.”

The Times


“An emotionally hard-hitting drama that touches on both the political and personal.”



“Bartlett has gone on to award-winning success as a writer. This production puts Not Talking up with his best work.”

British Theatre Guide



Direction- James Hillier

Design- Amy Cook

Lights- Zoe Spurr

Composer & Sound- Simon Slater

Movement – Jack Murphy

Assistant Director- Sara Amini

Associate Producer- Epsilon Productions

Casting – Annie Rowe CDA


Kika Markham, David Horovitch, Gemma Lawrence & Lawrence Walker


“If I don’t want to tell anyone, it’s up to me, right?”


A relationship where it has become impossible to talk. A system that protects abuse of power. How do you speak out?


Not Talking is the never-before-seen first play by Olivier award-winning writer Mike Bartlett (Doctor Foster, King Charles III, Albion).


Written in 2005, this gripping and lyrical drama blasts open cultures of silence with small acts of protest, Chopin and occasional dancing to Westlife.