Acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard returns to the National Theatre with his highly-anticipated new play The Hard Problem.

Directed by Nicholas Hytner (Othello, Hamlet, One Man, Two Guvnors), the play is Stoppard’s first for the stage since Rock ’n’ Roll in 2006, and his first for the National since his trilogy, The Coast of Utopia, 2002.

Hilary (Olivia Vinall; King Lear, Othello), a young psychology researcher at a brainscience 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 (Damien Molony; Travelling Light), her boss Leo (Jonathan Coy; Rumpole of the Bailey, The Magistrate) and the billionaire founder of the institute, Jerry (Anthony Calf; New Tricks).

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 Hard Problem will be screening for a strictly limited time from May 23rd.

Head to Sharmill Films for more details.