Or You Could Kiss MeDuration 1h40

National Theatre Cottesloe, South Bank, London, United Kingdom, SE1 9PX

Or You Could Kiss Me is the new production from the acclaimed, Laurence Olivier Award-winning Handspring Puppet Company.

In the winter of 2036, in a shabby apartment in Port Elizabeth, two old men search for a way to say goodbye after a lifetime spent together. In the perfect summer of 1971, in a very different South Africa, their handsome younger selves search for the courage to fall in love. And poised halfway between these two stories - one imagined, one remembered - their real-life counterparts bear witness to both the beginning and ending of an incredible journey.

Or You Could Kiss Me is an intimate history of two very private lives, lived in extraordinary times. The production uses a bare stage, a handful of domestic props and the puppetry of Handspring Puppet Company, whose techniques were seen in the National Theatre and West End hit War Horse. 

Neil Bartlett, writer and director of Or You Could Kiss Me, is the former artistic director of the Lyric Hammersmith. His work also includes a production of Romeo And Juliet for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

For more about Or You Could Kiss Me at the National Theatre read the First Night Feature.

Cast & Creatives

Adjoa Andoh, Finn Caldwell, Basil JOnes, Adrian Kohler, Craig Leo, Tommy Luther, Marvyn Millar
Neil Bartlett and Handspring Puppet Company
Neil Bartlett
Music by
Adrian Tilt
National Theatre in association with Handspring Puppet Company
Lighting Designer
Chris Davey
Christopher Shutt

National Theatre Cottesloe

South Bank, London, United Kingdom, SE1 9PX
020 7452 3000
Official site
Nearest tube
Waterloo (approx. 250m), Southwark
Nearest bus
76, 77, 211, 507, D1, D11, P11 (York Road)149, P11 (Stamford Street)1, 4, 26, 68, X68, 76, 168, 171, 171A, 176, 188, 501, 505, 521 (Waterloo Bridge)
Nearest train
Waterloo (approx. 250m)

5 spaces reserved for orange badge holders at riverside end of Cottesloe Ave. 4 extra bays opposite Cottesloe theatre for evening performances. Car Park beneath theatre. Spaces reserved for disabled customers near lifts. Free parking voucher available from box office for orange badge holders (present ticket at information desk). Automatic doors and ramps from the Car Park to the lobby and lift.

This venue accepts Theatre Tokens

Access information

How to book
Tel 020 7452 3000 Information Desk 020 7452 3400
Discounts available for all disabled people.
Limited mobility
The back of level 1 is the most accessible area.
Access description
Separate ramped entrance with handrails on Cottesloe Avenue, on the Eastern side of the building. Box Office straight ahead. No steps to Level 1, 22 steps up (with handrails) to level 2. The seating changes with each production - check with the box office. Wheelchair loan available - contact the theatre manager’s office.
Hearing impaired
Infra-red system with headsets or neck loops. Collect headsets/loops from box offices. Induction loops at service counters.
Guide dogs policy
Guide dogs are not currently allowed in the auditorium, however staff are happy to dog sit. Dogs will be looked after in the cloakroom. Groups should contact the theatre manager’s office on 020 7452 3281.
2 spaces for wheelchair users at level 1, usually in row P. Transfer seating is available to aisle seats.
Women’s and men’s at level 2.
Disabled toilets
Adapted WC to the right of the main entrance.
1 licensed bars. Access information: Foyer bar with moveable seats.
This venue accepts Theatre Tokens