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The Vaults, London4.513 reviews
David Hare's The Permanent Way arrives at The Vaults

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David Hare’s The Permanent Way pulls into The Vaults

The Permanent Way by David Hare comes to London’s immersive theatre venue, The Vaults. The limited two month run of this story of a dream gone sour is sure to have people running to the ticket office, make sure you catch this train as it speeds through the station. Book The Permanent Way tickets now to ensure you can come along for the ride.

The Permanent Way a verbatim dramatisation

More than a decade after its premiere in York and subsequent West End transfer to the National Theatre, David Hare’s award-winning play is surging into a provocative new site-specific staging in London’s underground venue below Waterloo Station, The Vaults. This documentary drama is a telling of the chaos that came from the bungled privatisation of Britain’s railways.  Told through the verbatim first-hand accounts of people involved at every level, from passengers to Civil Servants, this piece asks difficult questions about responsibility, mismanagement and corruption. In turns revealing, moving and witty The Permanent Way asks if we’ve learned anything from our recent history.

The Permanent Way Cast and Creatives

David Hare’s works have been nominated for Olivier Awards an astonishing eight times. His plays Racing Demon and Skylight both came away with the Best New Play awards. In addition to his award-winning stage plays, Hare is also an accomplished screenwriter having written the screenplays for The Hours and The Reader among many others.  

The Vaults run of The Permanent Way will be directed by Alexander Lass with sets and costumes by Ruth Hall. Music and Sound will be from Roly Witherow. The cast for the London run of The Permanent Way will be announced in due course.

Do not miss your chance to get tickets for The Permanent Way, The Vaults is the perfect venue for this drama about the fateful decision to privatize the railways. Coming to London for an extremely limited 2-month run, make sure you have The Permanent Way tickets before they pull out of the station.

Additional Information

Age restriction

This production is recommended for ages 14+ children 10 and under will not be admitted.

Running time

1hr 40min (no interval)

Performance dates

13 September - 17 November 2019


Some strong language and descriptions of death.

Special notes

First-class tickets holders will be sat in the front rows of the theatre in a reserved seating area while standard class ticket holders will have unreserved, first come first served seating in the back rows. Please take care to arrive in plenty of time for the performance. Latecomers will not be admitted and there is no interval. Please note the producers reserve the right to request photo ID to be provided on entry matching the name on tickets. Tickets which have been resold are rendered void.

Venue Information

The VaultsLauncelot Street, London, SE1 7AD

Customer Reviews

13 reviews4.5

Ann Marshall12th November

An excellent production, well done to all the cast

Mary R10th November

Excellent play but paid over the odds for tickets from London Tickets agency

Erika Bard8th November

Very good play excellent acting

Hilary31st October

Great 90 minutes of entertainment. Powerful acting and thought-provoking dialogue.

Michael Kaye30th October

Having seen the original NT production at which the author harangued the audience for complacency, I found that this production was an interesting contrast. Problems? The usual - of audibility afflicting ‘in the round’ productions. This was compounded by the obligato of trains grunting in Waterloo station. By the end it was clear that this is a misplaced radio play.

sTUART Williams21st October

Good performance but the play is very dated.

Ann Edwards20th October

Superb! Riveting content. The momentum maintained. Deepest emotions brilliantly conveyed. Wonderful character acting from everybody! Successful venue - when you actually found it...!

Terence Mitchison19th October

David Hare's polemical play combines a variety of views about Rail Privatisation, mostly hostile, with emotionally charged accounts of major rail disasters. The play probably packed more punch in the immediate aftermath of the Potters Bar crash in 2002 but most of the issues raised are still relevant today. Excellent and convincing performances from all the cast in the intriguing space of The Vaults Theatre beneath Waterloo Station.

Anthony13th October

You could not have a better match between the theatre and this David Hare play. The real trains rumble overhead adding to the play's atmospheric sounds. The cast work well and great effect. I was engrossed and the one Act of 100mins whizzed by. This is inevitably going to be of more interest to people of Liberal and socialist views and good managers of a 'certain age' It is a very steep and possibly abstract learning experience for people who were not alive or living as adults in this country in the 8os, 90s and 00s. in particular, I liked the performances of Jacqui Dubois, Paul Dodds, Tej Obano, Lucas Hare, Jonathan Coote and Anna Action. The set is minimalist, costumes basic, and stage area small and intimately connected to the audience. The Creative and Production teams were confident, competent and very effective. I would expect that David Hare thinks they did him proud. I thoroughly enjoyed this because it made me think!

David Mason13th October

Excellent evening well acted

William Weston29th September

Excellent ensemble performances by a group of terrific actors in a serious play about an important and moving subject

Julie Gray28th September

Well produced revival