The Greatest Wealth

In Celebration of the NHS
One Voice: Monologues funded by the TS Eliot Estate

Curated by Lolita Chakrabarti
Directed by Adrian Lester

No society can legitimately call itself civilised if a sick person is denied medical aid because of lack of means.’ Aneurin Bevan 

The Greatest Wealth, curated by Lolita Chakrabarti and directed by Adrian Lester, will celebrate 70 years of the National Health Service this summer. Eight specially-commissioned monologues by Moira Buffini, Lolita Chakrabarti, Seiriol Davies, Matilda Ibini, Courttia Newland, Meera Syal, Jack Thorne and Paul Unwin will be  performed by Jade Anouka, Louise English, Dervla Kirwan, Ruth Madeley, Art Malik, Meera Syal, Sophie Stone and David Threlfall  in response to each decade since Aneurin Bevan launched the NHS at Park Hospital, Manchester on 5 July 1948. Each evening will also include music performed by Gloria Obianyo and Dylan Townley.

This Old Vic commissioned set of world premiere monologues will salute and discuss the past, present and future of our NHS, an extraordinary institution that supports every single one of us. An absolute jewel in our crown.

Video contains some strong language and adult themes. 

The full line up is as follows:

1940s: Boo, by Jack Thorne, performed by Sophie Stone

1950s: At The Point of Need, by Paul Unwin, performed by David Threlfall

1960s: Rivers, written and performed by Meera Syal

1970s: Sister Susan, by Moira Buffini, performed by Dervla Kirwan

1980s: Speedy Gonzales, by Lolita Chakrabarti, performed by Art Malik

1990s: Family Room, by Courttia Newland, performed by Jade Anouka

2000s: Choice & Control, by Matilda Ibini, performed by Ruth Madeley

2010s: The Nuchess, by Seiriol Davies, performed by Louise English


In celebration of 70 years of the NHS we are offering 70 tickets on Mon 25 and Tue 26 Jun and 140 tickets on Fri 29 Jun priced at £5 for NHS workers and NHS students (£10 for the Friday double bill). There is a limit of four NHS tickets per person and these can be booked by calling box office. A valid form of NHS staff or NHS student ID must be presented upon arrival at the theatre.

Fri 29 Jun, 8pm: The NHS from 1940s–present – all eight monologues in one evening, one for each decade.
£20, £30, £40

The performances will be live sign language interpreted in British Sign Language (BSL) – to book, please call the box office

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