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Royal Court Theatre

Maggie Nelson’s touching book about grievous heartbreak and the colour blue is adapted for the stage, starring Ben Whishaw.

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Discover an examination of love and loss through the colour blue with the world premiere stage adaptation of Maggie Nelson’s 2019 novel Bluets. Based on Nelson’s electrifying part poetry and part memoir collection, the play explores themes of depression, desire and obsession, and is performed by acclaimed actors including Ben Whishaw (This Is Going To Hurt). Book now to see its strictly limited season at the Royal Court Theatre this spring.

What is Bluets about?

The play is about the personal love of the colour blue and is a philosophical and unique meditation on lost love, grief and loneliness. Award-winning actors will be bringing the story of depression and desire, pleasure and pain to the stage as audiences are moved by the book to stage adaptation.

The book was written over the span of a few years when Nelson was suffering from her own heartbreak whilst also looking after a friend who had recently been rendered quadriplegic. Playwright Margaret Perry has adapted the award-winning book for its London premiere.

Ben Whishaw in Bluets

Starring Ben Whishaw (Paddington, James Bond, This is Going to Hurt), Emma D’Arcy (House of the Dragon) and Kayla Meikle (ear for eye) theatregoers are excited for the cast and creatives alone. Directed by award-winner Katie Mitchell (Little Scratch, Anatomy of a Suicide) who has directed over 100 shows across her career, audiences will be in for an unforgettable night of entertainment.

Whishaw isn’t new to the stage, having appeared in over 10 productions across the West End, most recently starring in Waiting for Godot and Norma Jeane Baker of Troy. D’Arcy and Meikle will also be returning to the stage as they join the cast of Bluets at the Royal Court Theatre.

Don’t Miss Tickets to Bluets at Royal Court Theatre

The modern cult classic will be touching audiences across its limited run this spring. Don’t miss the moving book-to-stage adaptation starring big-name actors Ben Whishaw, Emma D’Arcy and Kayla Meikle at the Royal Court Theatre.

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Performance dates:
29 Jun 2024 - 29 Jun 2024
Running time:
1 hour and 20 minutes.
Age recommendation:
Best for age 16+

Bluets Reviews

39 Reviews
  • 5 Stars18%
  • 4 Stars26%
  • 3 Stars33%
  • 2 Stars10%
  • 1 Stars13%

User Reviews


Imaginative, interesting and visually striking production. 70 minutes straight through.

Performance date: 25 June 2024
Performance date: 18 June 2024

Starring Ben Whishaw (from Paddington and James Bond) and Emma D'Arcy (from House of the Dragon), 'Bluets' is based on the book of the same name, detailing a characters lifelong obsession with the colour blue. Through highs and lows in their life, t Read more

Performance date: 11 June 2024
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