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Royal Court Theatre

The incomparable Caryl Churchill brings four new stories to the Royal Court in her first new material for three years with Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp.

In her first West End outing since 2016, acclaimed playwright Caryl Churchill returns to the Royal Court with four new stories, Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp. In these stories, Churchill will introduce audiences to a girl made of glass, gods and murders, a serial killer’s friends, and a secret in a bottle.

Casting for Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp includes Olivier and BAFTA award winner Toby Jones (The Birthday Party; Circle Mirror Transformation), Olivier and Obie winner Deborah Findlay (Top Girls; The Children), Sule Rimi (Sweat; Measure for Measure) Tom Mothersdale (The Cherry Orchard) and Sarah Niles (The Crucible).

Caryl Churchill’s career spans decades and is marked by a longstanding relationship with the Royal Court. From her first professional stage production premiering in 1972 to her most recent effort Escaped Alone opening at the Sloane Square venue, many of her plays which first premiered at the Royal Court are now considered classics, including Top Girls, A Number and Far Away.

Director James Macdonald has collaborated frequently with both the Royal Court and with Caryl Churchill, and has most recently worked with the Court on One For Sorrow, The Children, Escaped Alone and The Wolf From The Door.

The latest offering from one of British theatre’s modern greats, Glass. Kill. Bluebeard, and Imp. runs at the Royal Court from 18 September 2019.

Performance dates:
11 Oct 2019 - 12 Oct 2019
Running time:
2 hours and 20 minutes including an interval.
Age recommendation:
Audience Notes:
Any fans of Caryl Churchill’s extensive catalogue will be keen to catch her latest writing, as will those interested in seeing work from one of Britain’s modern greats.

Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp. Reviews

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User Reviews


I really enjoyed this production. There are four separate playlets featuring different cast members. Great performances, unusual and engaging stories with some laugh out loud moments. Great.

Performance date: 04 October 2019

Fascinating and imaginative plays, exquisitely staged and really well acted. Wonderful short plays from one of the greatest living playwrights.

Performance date: 30 September 2019

Four short plays in rapid succession, they have no titles (as has happened here before) to tell you the names as you switch. The themes are quite obvious, though. My particular favourite was the first - Glass has four people playing on a lit, elevate Read more

Performance date: 28 September 2019
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