‘The Hard Problem’ final performances: last chance to see Damien Molony live on stage in NT play

Damien Molony as Spike ©Alastair Muir

Damien Molony as Spike © Alastair Muir


The Hard Problem is nearing the end if its run with only a few performances left until Damien takes his final bow on the stage of London’s National Theatre.

Damien appears alongside Olivia Vinall (Hilary), Jonathan Coy (Leo), Anthony Calf (Jerry), Vera Chok (Bo), Lucy Robinson (Ursula), Rosie Hilal (Julia) and Parth Thakerar (Amal) in the Tom Stoppard / Nicholas Hytner production.

Parth Thakerar as Amal, Vera Chok as Bo,  Lucy Robinson as Ursula, Rosie Hilal as Julia, Olivia Vinall as Hilary, Damien Molony as Spike ©Alastair Muir

Parth Thakerar as Amal, Vera Chok as Bo, Lucy Robinson as Ursula, Rosie Hilal as Julia, Olivia Vinall as Hilary, Damien Molony as Spike © Alastair Muir

His character Spike is central to the play and while many scenes focus on a science institute investigating the brain, much of the action revolves around Spike debating the themes of neuroscience, consciousness, human behaviour and altruism with his occasional lover Hilary, in a series of witty and thought-provoking scenes set in the bedroom.



While Spike clearly enjoys flexing his (and our) brain muscles, his torso muscles are also frequently on display, when he appears in his underwear, or a silky robe throughout, providing, alongside the humour, a distracting counterpoint to the intellectual sparring.



Limited tickets are still available on the National Theatre website for the remaining dates (below).


Monday 18 May 7:30 pm
Tuesday 19 May 7:30 pm
Wednesday 20 May 7:30 pm
Monday 25 May 7:30 pm
Tuesday 26 May 7:30 pm
Wednesday 27 May 2:30 pm (Last)

The production has seen a successful, sell-out run since opening for previews on 21 January and also included screenings worldwide with NT Live on 16 April, making it accessible to international audiences.

Encore performances are still being screened at cinemas globally, details of available venues can be found at the NT Live website.


To see Damien live on stage in The Hard Problem, grab a remaining ticket at the National Theatre website.

To see Damien in The Hard Problem on the big screen, check for encore performances in worldwide cinema venues at the National Theatre Live website.


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