The Hard Problem


The Hard Problem (2015)



The National Theatre
28 January – May 2015 (previews from 21 January)
National Theatre Live broadcast
16 April 2015

Damien Molony (Spike) © John Persson

Damien Molony (Spike) © John Persson

Damien played Spike in Tom Stoppard play The Hard Problem, at the National Theatre 21 January – 27 May 2015.
The play was also broadcast live to cinemas across the world as part of NT Live, 16 April 2015.

Cast & Creatives

Damien Molony – Spike
Olivia Vinall – Hilary
Jonathan Coy – Leo
Anthony Calf – Jerry
Vera Chok – Bo
Lucy Robinson – Ursula
Rosie Hilal – Julia
Parth Thakerar – Amal
Writer: Tom Stoppard
Director: Nicholas Hytner
Production: The National Theatre
Design: Bob Crowley
Lighting: Mark Henderson
Sound: Paul Arditto.


Hilary, a young psychology researcher at a brain science institute, is nursing a private sorrow and a troubling question at work, where psychology and biology meet. If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness? This is ‘the hard problem’ which puts Hilary at odds with her colleagues who include her first mentor Spike, her boss Leo and the billionaire founder of the institute, Jerry. Is the day coming when the computer and the fMRI scanner will answer all the questions psychology can ask? Meanwhile Hilary needs a miracle, and she is prepared to pray for one.
The National Theatre



The Hard Problem news and articles

21 July 2015: THE HARD PROBLEM: Very last NT Live cinema screenings worldwide in US, Dominican Republic, New Zealand

18 May 2015: ‘The Hard Problem’ final performances: last chance to see Damien Molony live on stage in NT play

23 March 2015: THE HARD PROBLEM trailer: Damien Molony and Olivia Vinall on the big screen with NT Live

11 February 2015: The Hard Problem: Damien Molony gets topless, play gets extended run

28 January 2015: Damien Molony shines in new National Theatre production photos for ‘The Hard Problem’

24 January 2015: The Hard Problem: First Damien Molony and Olivia Vinall photo revealed, play extended to May

21 January 2015: ‘The Hard Problem’: Damien Molony’s new play premieres at the National tonight!

08 December 2014: ‘The Hard Problem’: Further tickets released for Damien Molony at the National Theatre

23 October 2014: The Hard Problem National Theatre and NT Live broadcast tickets selling out fast, book now!

6 October 2014: Damien Molony in THE HARD PROBLEM 21 January – 16 April 2015 with NT Live cinema broadcasts across the world

03 October 2014: Damien Molony joins new Tom Stoppard play ‘The Hard problem’ at the National Theatre