NT Live: The Welkin

Maxine Peake stars in a new play by Lucy Kirkwood, broadcast live from London.

One life in the hands of 12 women.

Rural Suffolk in England, 1759. As the country waits for Halley’s comet, a young woman is sentenced to hang for a heinous murder. 

When she claims to be pregnant, a jury of 12 matrons are taken from their housework to decide whether she’s telling the truth, or simply trying to escape the noose. With only midwife Lizzy Luke prepared to defend the girl, and a mob baying for blood outside, the matrons wrestle with their new authority, and the devil in their midst.

James Macdonald (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) directs Maxine Peake (The Theory of Everything, Funny Cow) and Ria Zmitrowicz (Three Girls, Mr. Selfridge) in this bold and gripping thriller from Tony Award-nominated writer Lucy Kirkwood (Chimerica, Skins). Broadcast live from the National Theatre in London.

NOTE: There are NO Pre-Screening adverts other than those that are part of the NTLive stream. The actual performance will begin at the time listed below. We advise you arrive with plenty of time to get a drink and be seated before the performance starts.



  • Thursday 21st May 2020 7:00PM @ Cope

Film Information

  • Director(s): James Macdonald
  • Top Billed Cast: Maxine Peake, Ria Zmitrowicz, Cecilia Noble, Jenny Galloway
  • Runtime: 180mins
  • Spoken Language(s): English
  • Release Date: 21st May 2020