Instructions for Correct Assembly at Royal Court Theatre tickets
Instructions for Correct Assembly at Royal Court Theatre tickets

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Overview

“Maybe turn down the ‘opinionated’ dial?”

Writer Thomas Eccleshare makes his Royal Court debut with his latest play, Instructions for Correct Assembly, which plays a limited run as part of the venue’s 2018 season. A sharp take on technology, parenthood and genetic modification, the new production sees two adults give parenthood a second go.

Hari and Max were not satisfied with their first attempt at parenthood, so they’ve decided to give it another go. This time, they’re equipped with a detailed construction manual and handy 30-day money back guarantee. As long as they follow the guidelines step by step, the pair are certain that their little one is going to be absolutely perfect.

Casting for the production includes Michele Austin (The Seagull, To Kill a Mockingbird), Jason Barnett (Saint George & the Dragon), Mark Bonnar (The Duchess of Malfi), Jane Horrocks (King Lear), Shaniqua Okwok and Brian Vernel (The Seagull).

Instructions for Correct Assembly is the newest play by emerging award-winning writer Thomas Eccleshare, whose writing includes Schtum, commissioned by Channel 4, and Heather, which toured the UK before a sold-out run at the Bush Theatre. The production is directed by Royal Court Associate Director Hamish Pirie, whose credits at the theatre include Goats, Violence and Son and Teh Internet is Serious Business.

Further productions in the newly announced season include Rory Mullarkey’s Pity, Ear for Eye by Debbie Tucker Green and Mark Ravenhill’s The Cane. Instructions for Correct Assembly plays at the Royal Court Theatre from 7 April to 19 May 2018, with a press night on 13 April 2018.

Recommended for

Those who enjoy new writing should visit this production, which touches on some very topical subjects. Fans of director Hamish Pirie’s previous works will recognise his signature style here.

Age Recommendations: Recommended 14+

Dates and times

Running time: TBC
Opened: 07 Apr 2018
Press night: 13 Apr 2018
Booking from: 18 May 2018
Booking until: 19 May 2018

Location and map

Royal Court Theatre
Sloane Square
London, SW1W 8AS

21 Reviews Add review

Excellent performances from all of the cast. An engaging play and I loved the staging with the boxes, cast and furniture coming an... More

leepeddie 3 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Excellent performances from all of the cast. An engaging play and I loved the staging with the boxes, cast and furniture coming and going on the conveyor belts. Only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars was some of the actions the cast had to perform - jumping up and down on the stage, the “group hugs” felt a bit jarring to me and snapped me out of my involvement with the play and made me think of awkward, embarrassing drama school exercises. There was probably a valid dramatic meaning behind them, but I’m hard of thinking.

leepeddie 3 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I had high hopes for this show and felt somewhat disappointed after watching it. The actual concept I really liked (the idea that... More

joc78 5"4, 249 reviews, 4 helpful votes

I had high hopes for this show and felt somewhat disappointed after watching it. The actual concept I really liked (the idea that you could create your own 'perfect' child in the not too distant future) using a remote control to quieten a child when you don't like what they have to say. I found some of the dialogue however to be a bit 'clunky' at times. The direction was also a bit of a mess especially when the actors started moving robotically in unison. I don't know what that movement was trying to achieve? There were some good acting moments particularly from Brian Vernel as the child/robot, but I somehow expected a lot more from this production.....

joc78 5"4, 249 reviews, 4 helpful votes

An interesting and entertaining show, a little bit of intelligent sci-fi, reminiscent of The Twilight Zone, with great performance... More

lizcretten 5"9, 16 reviews, 0 helpful votes

An interesting and entertaining show, a little bit of intelligent sci-fi, reminiscent of The Twilight Zone, with great performances, plenty of humour and some meaty drama. Well worth catching.

lizcretten 5"9, 16 reviews, 0 helpful votes

In the beginning I found it somewhat stopped, then you go into history, a little sad but good play. The performances very well and... More

sergioAraujo 138 reviews, 0 helpful votes

In the beginning I found it somewhat stopped, then you go into history, a little sad but good play. The performances very well and the scenery is well done.

sergioAraujo 138 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I found it a little hard to follow all the way through but picked it up towards the end. Good entertainment and funny in places wh... More

minverow 5”7, 14 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I found it a little hard to follow all the way through but picked it up towards the end. Good entertainment and funny in places while focusing on the storyline serious also. Enjoyable play and would see again.

minverow 5”7, 14 reviews, 0 helpful votes

An unusual play with an underlying 'what if?' theme. Great roles and portrayals. Quite unusual staging adds to the feel Of the sh... More

paulfootie 6'3", 88 reviews, 3 helpful votes

An unusual play with an underlying 'what if?' theme. Great roles and portrayals. Quite unusual staging adds to the feel Of the show. The production starts through a 'window' as in the picture below but this does move to reveal a larger set.

paulfootie 6'3", 88 reviews, 3 helpful votes

Great play, very cleverly done and with some excellent actors. Thoroughly enjoyed the show and would recommend.

lynnew 5' 3", 24 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Great play, very cleverly done and with some excellent actors. Thoroughly enjoyed the show and would recommend.

lynnew 5' 3", 24 reviews, 0 helpful votes

ryandawe 5"8, 173 reviews, 0 helpful votes

ryandawe 5"8, 173 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I really enjoyed this play. I didn’t know what to expect having never been to this theatre before but I thought it was fantastic -... More

LainerGertLush 22 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I really enjoyed this play. I didn’t know what to expect having never been to this theatre before but I thought it was fantastic - the themes of the play make you think about your own life, the way of the world & what is yet to come.

LainerGertLush 22 reviews, 0 helpful votes