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A Little Life (play) by Koen Tachelet, Ivo van Hove, and Hanya Yanagihara

A Little Life (play) by Koen Tachelet, Ivo van Hove, and Hanya Yanagihara


'I promise you more patience, more gratitude. I promise you less vanity, less selfishness, less complaining, less fear. I promise you. You just have to survive.'


A Little Life follows the complex relationships of four college friends in New York City: Willem, an actor; Malcolm, an architect; JB, an artist; and, at the centre of their group, Jude, a lawyer.


Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, changed by ambition, addiction and pride. Yet their greatest challenge is Jude himself, whose secrets - and shame - define not just his own life, but that of his friends as well.


A bruising and beautiful story of love, the limits of human endurance, and the tyranny of memory, Hanya Yanagihara's novel A Little Life has sold over a million copies and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Women's Prize for Fiction.


The stage adaptation - conceived by Ivo van Hove, and adapted by Koen Tachelet, van Hove and Yanagihara herself - was first performed in a Dutch-language production at Internationaal Theater Amsterdam in the Netherlands in 2018, before transferring to New York in 2022. This English-language version opened in London's West End in 2023, directed by Ivo van Hove and with a cast led by James Norton as Jude.




'A superb piece of theatre, staged with consummate skill' - Evening Standard


'Close to Greek tragedy... a production of cool temperature, handling atrocity with clinical precision, and moments of grace with an economical elegance... leaves its mark like a livid, tender bruise on the imagination' - The Stage


'Unrelenting but magnificent... in the interstices of horror and abuse, there are transcendental moments of love and affection' - iNews


'Keeps a grip so tight that it is impossible to turn away' - WhatsOnStage


'Compelling viewing... such an emotional and affecting piece of theatre' - Gay Times


  • Details

    Imprint: Nick Hern Books NHB

    Publication Date: 11 May 2023

    ISBN: 9781839042300

    Pages: 120

    Format: Paperback

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