Girls & Boys at Royal Court Theatre tickets
Girls & Boys at Royal Court Theatre tickets

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Overview

Award-winning playwright Dennis Kelly brings his new one-woman play Girls & Boys to the Royal Court in 2018. Beginning with an unexpected airport encounter, the story follows the first meeting of a couple, before they inevitably fall in love and settle down. Their lives are as ordinary as any other pair, until things take a dark turn and begin to go rapidly downhill.

Dennis Kelly is best known for writing the book for the RSC and Tim Minchin’s smash-hit Matilda the Musical, which earned him a Tony, Olivier, Critics’ Circle and Evening Standard Theatre Award. Previous work for the Royal Court includes The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas, with further plays include Love and Money and DNA. One of the country’s most versatile playwrights, his work has been staged at the National Theatre, the Old Vic, Southwark Playhouse, the Donmar Warehouse and Soho Theatre.

Girls & Boys marks the first time that Kelly teams up with director Lyndsey Turner, best known for her smash-hit production of Hamlet, starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Other notable credits include Posh at the Royal Court, which later transferred to the West End, as well as Chimerica at the Almeida Theatre, Machinal on Broadway and Edgar & Annabel at the National Theatre.

Multi-award winning actress Carey Mulligan stars as Woman, returning to the theatre where she made her stage debut at the age of 19. Since then, she has garnered acclaim on both stage and screen. Theatre credits include Skylight both in the West End and on Broadway, whilst extensive screen credits include starring opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in the 2013 film of The Great Gatsby, as well as Suffragette, Far from the Madding Crowd and Northanger Abbey.

The production features design by Es Devlin, costume design by Jack Galloway, lighting design by Oliver Fenwick and sound design by David McSeveney. Girls & Boys runs from 8 February to 10 March 2018. This strictly limited run will undoubtedly be popular due to the cast and creative team on board.

Recommended for

New writing devotees will be thrilled by Dennis Kelly’s latest play, whilst Carey Mulligan fans and those interested in seeing new work in an intimate venue should not miss out.

Age Recommendations: Suitable for 14+

Dates and times

Running time: TBC
Opened: 08 Feb 2018
Press night: 14 Feb 2018
Booking from: 17 Mar 2018
Booking until: 17 Mar 2018

Location and map

Royal Court Theatre
Sloane Square
London, SW1W 8AS

18 Reviews Add review

This is another straight-through play, 80 minutes without interval. Stars Carey Mulligan -and only Carey Mulligan! I hadn't studie... More

u2fancat 5'6'', 42 reviews, 0 helpful votes

This is another straight-through play, 80 minutes without interval. Stars Carey Mulligan -and only Carey Mulligan! I hadn't studied it closely enough, and hadn't realised it's a monologue. The clever stage design features a box, in which she stands for some parts - for others, the backdrop lifts to uncover a clever set, initially bathed in colour, which quickly fades to a bluish-grey, to indicate that these are memories. Most likely, they achieve this effect by having the set painted in that bluish-grey, then projecting normal-looking colours onto it. Terribly clever, though. She doesn't just restrict herself to talking about the other characters she mentions - she also goes through the motions as though she's playing with her kids. Not so much interaction with the husband. It's a story of marriage and kids, and how things go wrong.. and kudos to her, she's absolutely electrifying! Afterwards, we agreed that her performance was outstanding. My companion thought there should have been more depth to the play, that it was glossed over slightly; I disagree, I think it's good to leave a little for the audience to mull over. The story, while interesting, and brilliantly told, maybe takes a little long to develop. But when it does - quite casually - it hits you with the force of a hammer. We were gripped from then on - kudos to the director, Lyndsey Turner, who also directed the excellent Posh. I will say this - men come off a little badly from this play, as shown by the line - "society wasn't developed by men, it was developed to protect us from them". Maybe a bit harsh, although in the context of the play, understandable.. Runs until the 17th of next month, but completely sold out. If you do come across a ticket, don't hesitate - I joined in the enthusiastic standing ovation. This is a memorable play - there are few like it.

u2fancat 5'6'', 42 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Carey Mulligan is excellent in this one woman show and had the audience eating out of the palm of her hand. How she captivated us... More

joc78 5"4, 249 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Carey Mulligan is excellent in this one woman show and had the audience eating out of the palm of her hand. How she captivated us all for 90 mins with this excellent script written by Dennis Kelly was amazing. I found myself crying with laughter, crying with tears and everything in between. If you can get a ticket for this then please do so, you will not be disappointed. She is excellent in this role.

joc78 5"4, 249 reviews, 4 helpful votes

The show was absolutely stunning- it started off very funny but slowly got darker and darker and more intense. Carey Mulligan make... More

emilydiver 5"0, 191 reviews, 14 helpful votes

The show was absolutely stunning- it started off very funny but slowly got darker and darker and more intense. Carey Mulligan makes you feel like you are the only one she is talking too and she is absolutely stunning in the role. An absolute must see show.

emilydiver 5"0, 191 reviews, 14 helpful votes

A wonderful production of a new play that has plenty of humour early on, but changes tonally to ultimately pack a very powerful pu... More

londontheatrefan 5'4", 179 reviews, 5 helpful votes

A wonderful production of a new play that has plenty of humour early on, but changes tonally to ultimately pack a very powerful punch. Excellent performance by Carey Mulligan.

londontheatrefan 5'4", 179 reviews, 5 helpful votes

matthewseaman 30 reviews, 0 helpful votes

matthewseaman 30 reviews, 0 helpful votes

mapped 160cm, 22 reviews, 0 helpful votes

mapped 160cm, 22 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I liked it a lot, I laughed, I was moved and angry, Carey Mulligan lead me to all this feeling. The set is beautiful takes you to... More

sergioAraujo 138 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I liked it a lot, I laughed, I was moved and angry, Carey Mulligan lead me to all this feeling. The set is beautiful takes you to different places.

sergioAraujo 138 reviews, 0 helpful votes

A masterful performance from Carey Mulligan in a thought provoking and absorbing one-woman play.

Funthing29 5"1, 163 reviews, 12 helpful votes

A masterful performance from Carey Mulligan in a thought provoking and absorbing one-woman play.

Funthing29 5"1, 163 reviews, 12 helpful votes

JenK 5'10, 42 reviews, 1 helpful vote

JenK 5'10, 42 reviews, 1 helpful vote