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Tony and Emmy award winner Stockard Channing, Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who), Olivier Award winner Desmond Barrit, Laura Carmichael (Downton Abbey) and Joseph Millson (The...

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Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes (including interval)

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Tony and Emmy award winner Stockard Channing, Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who), Olivier Award winner Desmond Barrit, Laura Carmichael (Downton Abbey) and Joseph Millson (The...

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Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes (including interval)

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Trafalgar Studios, London
14 Whitehall,London,SW1A 2DY


Tony and Emmy award winner Stockard Channing, Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who), Olivier Award winner Desmond Barrit, Laura Carmichael (Downton Abbey) and Joseph Millson (The Last Kingdom) in a new production of Alexi Kaye Campbell’s darkly funny and haunting play about family and its secrets, directed by Jamie Lloyd.

Stockard Channing's credits include starring roles in The West Wing, The Good Wife, her Oscar® and Golden Globe nominated role in Six Degrees of Separation, and the iconic role of Rizzo in the film Grease. Alexi Kaye Campbell’s other works include The Pride, Sunset at The Villa Thalia at the National Theatre and The Faith Machine at the Royal Court Theatre. Jamie Lloyd returns to Trafalgar Studios after smash hits including The Ruling Class and Macbeth starring James McAvoy and Richard III with Martin Freeman.

Kristin Miller is a firebrand matriarch and eminent art historian. A birthday gathering should be a cause for celebration but the cracks in her family relationships are brought to the surface by the recent publication of her memoir. As the evening progresses questions are asked about the sacrifices she has made and about the price paid by those she loves.

Apologia is a witty, topical and passionate play about generations, secrets, and warring perspectives.

Latecomers may be admitted at a suitable break, but late admission cannot be guaranteed until the interval.


Daily Telegraph

‘Stockard Channing is superb’
Evening Standard

‘Channing triumphs. Gripping’

‘Smart, powerful & poignant’
London Theatre


There are no booking fees for this production.

However, all bookings made through ATG Tickets for this venue are subject to a £3.50 Transaction fee.

Apologia Access

Booking Information

Access Booking line: 0800 912 6971

http://trafalgarentertainment.com/your-visit/access/Trafalgar Studios Visual Story: a visual resource to help prepare visitors for a new experience and to help them become familiar with new surroundings and what to expect. Click here to download it 

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Large Print Introduction

A large print introduction for Admissions can be found here .

Audio Introductions

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Access Performances

To get the access discount for these shows you must join the ATG Access Membership Scheme; call 0800 912 6971, email [email protected] or visit the box office in person

Touch Tours can be organised in advance (subject to availability) by contacting [email protected]

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Access Performances
  • Audio Description None scheduled
  • Sign Language Interpreted None scheduled
  • Captioned None scheduled
  • SUR Titles None scheduled
  • Relaxed Performances None scheduled
Venue Access Information

Trafalgar Studios 1 & 2 are accessible for Wheelchair Users. The main entrance to the theatre is on Whitehall. The Foyer, Foyer Bar and Box Office are on street level. Please note, Trafalgar Studios are only able to accommodate small wheelchairs - up to 25” or 65 cm width and 43’’ or 110cm length (no mobility scooters) due to size and weight restrictions (225 kg max) on our lifts.

For Studio 1 you can enter the foyer step free, take the lift to the lower level then a stair lift brings you to the front of the auditorium. The Wheelchair Spaces are in the front row and are clear view.

For Studio 2 access is step free into the foyer, take the lift to the lower level then there is level access into the auditorium. The Wheelchair space is again in the front row & clear view.

If Wheelchair Patrons would rather transfer into a seat then the wheelchair can be stored during the performance and brought back to you at the end of the show.

Please allow enough time (20 minutes) for wheelchair patrons to get to their seats. 

The infrared hearing loops now work in Rows F-H in Studio 1 (best reception in more central seats); in Studio 2 best reception is in A17-22, B24-29 and C34-39. Devices are at the Box Office, £10 deposit is required. There are two devices available: Induction Loop Necklace Suitable for persons wearing a hearing aid, the induction loop necklace is worn around the neck. Whilst wearing the necklace switch your hearing aid to the 'T' setting and the sound is amplified. The necklace has an adjustable volume control. Headset This device amplifies sound through earpieces similar to regular headphones. Suitable for persons without a hearing aid.

Guide Dogs are permitted in the auditorium or can be looked after by staff during the show.

The disabled toilet is on the lower level in the Studio Bar and can be reached by Wheelchair Users from the foyer and from both auditoriums.

Trafalgar Studios Information

Trafalgar Studios
  • If you're driving into the West End to see a show, take advantage of Q-Park's Theatreland Parking Scheme saving 50% off off-street car parking charges for up to 24 hours. To qualify, simply present your Q-Park car park ticket for validation at our box office and the car park machine will automatically charge you half price. Our nearest Q-Park car park is Trafalgar and the next nearest is Chinatown.
  • See the Access page for information
  • Enjoy one of Trafalgar Studio's great bars.
  • A cloakroom is available at this venue.
Trafalgar Studios

14 Whitehall



By bus: 3 11 12 24 53 77a 88 91 139 159 453

Contact Information
Telephone Booking : 0844 871 7632

Calls cost 7p per minute, plus your phone company's access charge.

Groups Bookings : 020 7206 1174

Access Bookings : 0800 912 6971

Stage Door / Admin:* : 0207 321 5400


Trafalgar Studios makes the safety and security of its customers and staff a priority. As such, please bear in mind that we may undertake bag checks, so recommend you leave extra time to avoid queues, and refrain from bringing suitcases rucksacks and large bags into the Theatre. Many thanks for your cooperation.


Trafalgar Studios Box Office Opening Hours

Mon-Sat, 10:30am to 7.45pm

Trafalgar Entertainment Group

Trafalgar Studios is owned and operated by Trafalgar Entertainment Group, a live entertainment business launched in 2017 by Sir Howard Panter and Dame Rosemary Squire DBE. For more information on the company and its flagship venue Trafalgar Studios, see www.trafalgarentertainment.com or follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

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This new production of Alexi Kaye Campbell’s darkly funny and haunting play about family and its secrets, directed by Jamie Lloyd stars the following actors:

Stockard Channing (Grease, The West Wing, The Good Wife)
Oscar® & Golden Globe nominated for Six Degrees of Separation. Stockard has been nominated for 21 Tony and Emmy Awards in her illustrious career.

Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who, Torchwood, Sense8)

Desmond Barrit (History Boys, Damsel in Distress, for film Oliver, A Christmas Carol)
Olivier Award winner for Three Men on a Horse (RSC) & The Comedy of Errors (National Theatre) and Olivier nominee for Falstaff in Henry IV Parts 1 & 2

Laura Carmichael (Downton Abbey, The Maids, A United Kingdom)

Joseph Millson (The Rover, Macbeth, Pillars Of The Community, The Last Kingdom)



Stockard Channing's hugely popular film and TV credits include starring roles in The West Wing, The Good Wife, her Oscar® and Golden Globe nominated role in Six Degrees of Separation, and the iconic role of Rizzo in the film Grease. An acclaimed Broadway and West End star, Channing’s most recent performances on Broadway, It’s Only a Play and Other Desert Cities (a “peerless” performance - NY Times, for which she was nominated for her seventh Tony Award), have affirmed her position as a true theatrical legend.



Freema Agyeman is best known for her break through role as Doctor Who companion Martha Jones, which earned her multiple award nominations including ‘Most Popular Actress’ at The National Television Awards and the Golden Nymph Award at Monte Carlo TV Festival for ‘Best Actress’. Freema also starred in  ‘Doctor Who’ spin off Torchwood. She currently stars in the highly anticipated second series of Netflix Original project Sense 8, which was launched in 2015. The series was created by screenwriting legends, Lana and Lilly Wachowski and Michael Straczynski. 



Theatre includes: The Rivals at the Bristol Old Vic Damsel in Distress at Chichester Festival Theatre, Harvey at the Birmingham Rep and subsequent transfer into the West End, Merry Wives of Windsor at Royal Shakespeare Company, the critically acclaimed Sir Peter Hall production of Henry IV Parts one and two as Falstaff at the Bath Theatre Royal, The History Boys, Three Men on a Horse (Olivier Award), Jacobowsky and the Colonel and The Magistrate at the National; Falstaff in Henry IV Parts 1 & 2 (Olivier nomination for Best Actor); Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helen Hayes Award), Antipholus in The Comedy of Errors (Olivier Award), The Wizard in Wicked at the Victoria Apollo; My Fair Lady in the Hollywood Bowl, LA; Twelfth Night and HMS Pinafore for Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. 

TV includes, Holby City, Endeavour, Midsomer Murders, Northanger Abbey,  Dalziel and Pascoe, and Poirot

Films include Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Rebecca’s Daughters, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

He has recorded numerous radio plays.



Laura is best known for ‘Lady Edith Crawley’ in ITV’s award winning television series Downton Abbey written by Julian Fellows.

Laura has appeared in several acclaimed theatre productions: in 2012 she made her West End debut in Uncle Vanya at the Vaudeville Theatre, joining Ken Stott and Anna Friel. Laura was last seen on stage at Trafalgar Studios playing ‘Mistress’ in the Jamie Lloyd’s adaptation of The Maids. She made her feature film debut, alongside Gary Oldham, in the award winning Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Laura’s most recent film appearance was her portrayal of ‘Muriel Williams’ in Amma Asante’s feature A United Kingdom, co-starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike.



Theatre includes; The Rover, Much Ado About Nothing, Pedro The Great Pretender (Royal Shakespeare Company - Associate Artist), Mr Foote’s Other Leg ( Hampstead/West End), Macbeth in Macbeth (Shakespeare’s Globe/ DVD and worldwide Cinema release) Pillars of the Community (National Theatre), Love Never Dies (West End - Winner Whatsonstage Award for best supporting actor in a musical), Fear And Misery (Royal Court), Judgement Day (Almeida), The Fairy Queen (Glyndebourne), Cinderella (Old Vic), Richard Ii (Steven Berkoff / Almagro Festival / tour), As You Like It (Peter Hall Company, Uk/Usa -Ian Charleson Award), The Real Inspector Hound / Black Comedy (Donmar/West End)

Film includes; All The Devils Men, Amy And Sophia, Tango One , I Give It A Year, Casino Royale.

Television includes; Eight Days That Made Rome, The Last Kingdom, Penny Dreadful, Holby City, Ashes To Ashes, Eastenders.

Radio; Over thirty plays on BBC Radio 4. Nominated for Best Actor at the BBC Radio Drama Awards for The Real George Orwell.



Howard Panter for Trafalgar Entertainment Group,

DB Productions and THE DODGERS present Apologia

By Alexi Kaye Campbell

Stockard Channing

Freema Agyeman

Desmond Barrit

Laura Carmichael

Joseph Millson

Directed by Jamie Lloyd

Set and Costume Designer - Soutra Gilmour             

Lighting Designer - Jon Clark              

Sound Designer - Ben and Max Ringham                                                      

Hair and Wig Designer - Richard Mawbey

Casting Director - Ginny Schiller CDG                                                                         

US Casting Director - Jim Carnahan CSA

General Manager - Joanne Benjamin                                                  

Production Manager - Dominic Fraser                                   

Marketing - EMG Media & Marketing Ltd                                                                                  

 Press Representative - Neil Reading PR

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