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Pity at Royal Court Theatre tickets
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“Two bombs in one day is a foul coincidence.”

“Don’t forget the lighting strike.”

Rory Mullarkey returns to the Royal Court with his latest play Pity, which features as part of the theatre’s highly anticipated 2018 season. Set on a seemingly normal day, the pertinent play sees a ridiculous chain of events occur that ask whether things are getting worse, and if we really care.

On a normal day, a person stands in the market square and watches the world go by. But what happens next verges on the absolute ridiculous. Cue ice cream, sunshine, dogs, a wedding, bombs, candles, blood, lighting, sandwiches, snipers, looting, gunshots, babies, actors, azaleas, famine, fountains, statues and atrocities of all kinds. And tanks – probably.

Pity is the new play by Rory Mullarkey, who debuted at the venue in 2014 with The Wolf from the Door. An award-winning writer, he has received the George Devine Award, the Pinter Commission and the James Tait Black Prize for Drama. Further works include Saint George & the Dragon at the National Theatre, Cannibals and Single Sex.

Royal Court Associate Director Sam Pritchard directs, with credits including Pygmalion at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, which later embarked on a national tour, There Has Possibly Been an Accident and Fireface. Royal Court credits include Grimly Handsome and B.

The production features as part of the 2018 season, which includes contemporary works such as Thomas Eccleshare’s Instructions for Correct Assembly, Ear for Eye by Debbie Tucker Green and The Cane by Mark Ravenhill. Pity runs at the Royal Court from 12 July to 11 August 2018, with a press night on 18 July 2018.

Important information

Playing at: Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, London, SW1W 8AS

Performance dates: 11 Aug 2018 - 11 Aug 2018

Running time: TBC

Age recommendation: Recommended 14+

Special notice: Fans of new writing should make sure they attend the Royal Court 2018 season, which showcases some pertinent new plays.

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laurenmaytheatre 5"7, 376 reviews, 10 helpful votes

A rather madcap play acted at full pelt and is totally unpredictable and will leave you exhausted. It could do with tightening up in... More

moley 5' 6'', 125 reviews, 5 helpful votes

I recently went to a play described as an absurdist farce. No, this is the one that fits that description! Actually, the one thing... More

u2fancat 5'6'', 92 reviews, 2 helpful votes

Ridiculous, total sensory overload. Made me question my humanity and my approach to processing the everyday tragedy society entails. More

amydaniels 13 reviews, 0 helpful votes


Claire28 5”5, 16 reviews, 0 helpful votes


oughttobeclowns 5'7, 379 reviews, 37 helpful votes

It's a 'pity' I had to sit through this play! Honestly, I just did not like it at all. If there had been an interval, I would definitely... More

joc78 5"4, 450 reviews, 7 helpful votes

Great acting, great topics, great madness. Brilliant sound and visuals. More

lindaruas 1 review, 0 helpful votes


ryandawe 5"8, 356 reviews, 2 helpful votes
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