South Bank, London SE1 9PX

John Poster


Opens February 1, 2018

Baker knows exactly what she's doing - she gives us just enough to open up possibilities. What a thrill!

The New York Post

Why See John?

Official dates and ticket sales to be announced

Making its UK premiere in 2018, Annie Baker's hit New York play John follows on from her successful Pulitzer Prize-winning staging of The Flick. An examination into human relationships, Baker's latest work premiered at the Signature Theatre in New York in 2015; John is set in a Gettysburg Bed & Breakfast, and explores the dynamic between the establishment's cheerful owner and two of its guests, a troubled young couple struggling to stay together. Clocking in at over three hours, this epic play allows its characters to develop fully and naturally over time.

The four-hander shows the slow-boiling disintegration of a romantic relationship between Jewish Elias and Asian-American Jenny. Jenny has cheated on Elias in the past, with the mysterious unseen John, and Elias' anger over her infidelity turns to cold loathing, whilst they stay in Gettysburg on route from her parents in Ohio, to Brooklyn. Elias, an obsessive Civil War history buff has demanded that they take a detour to the battlefield; Jenny is less than interested, being a "stereotypical" girl. Throw into the mix the elderly Mertis, the kind and humble proprietor who witnesses their breakdown, determined not to lose her kindness and grace.

Named by the New York Times as "one of the freshest and most talented dramatists to emerge Off Broadway in the past decade", Annie Baker won her Pulitzer for 2013's The Flick, an expertly understated comedic portrait of three philosophising cinema ushers.

show content hide content

Additional Information


Opening night: 1 February 2018


Suitable for ages 12+

Run time

Three hours and 30 minutes (including two intermissions)

And before you stop reading

Please note that the image shown is taken from the 2015 Broadway production

Cast and Creative


Georgia Engel


By Annie Baker
Directed by James McDonald

About London Theatreland: We are an independent show guide with no affiliation to any venue or show.

Next available performances

Wed, Jan 24



Thu, Jan 25



Fri, Jan 26



Sat, Jan 27



Sun, Jan 28



Mon, Jan 29



Tue, Jan 30



View all times and dates

What you thought

Seen John? Loved it? Hated it?

Help your fellow London Theatreland visitors by leaving the first review!

Write a review now


Venue home

Venue home





Additional Information

seating chart
SeatingSeating map

Spread the word!

Keep up to date!

Straight to your inbox

Please note: The term National Theatre, Dorfman and/or John as well as all associated graphics, logos, and/or other tradermarks, tradenames or copyrights are the property of the National Theatre, Dorfman and/or John and are used herein for factual descriptive purposes only. We are in no way associated with or authorized by the National Theatre, Dorfman and/or John and neither that entity nor any of its affiliates have licensed or endorsed us to sell tickets, goods and or services in conjunction with their events.