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Royal Court Theatre

Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone leads a new production of Mark Ravenhill’s The Cane at the Royal Court Theatre, rounding off their highly anticipated 2018 season. Following the story of Edward, a teacher who is hounded after 45 years of popularity as a teacher, the production runs at the venue at the end of the year.

“It will be the biggest send off any teacher has ever had. No teacher is as loved.”

Mark Ravenhill returns to the Royal Court Theatre with his latest gripping play, The Cane. Playing a strictly limited season at the London venue, the production marks the end of the 2018 season, which includes a variety of new works from emerging and established writers.

The Cane follows Edward, a dedicated teacher of 45 years, who is looking forward to celebrating his impending retirement. But his home is under attack. As a mob of angered students gather, bricks are thrown through windows and Edward and his wife are forced to hide inside their house for six days. Suddenly, their estranged daughter arrives with hard-hitting questions of her own.

Asking “why would they attack the most popular teacher in the school?”, the drama explores education and the roles of those who are supposed to guide us at our most impressionable ages.

Artistic Director of the Royal Court Vicky Featherstone directs, with multiple credits at the venue including Gundog, My Mum’s a Twat and X. Further theatre productions include the Olivier Award-winning Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, as well as What if Women Ruled the World? and Wall of Death.

The Cane is written by Mark Ravenhill, whose other works include Shopping and F*cking, Mother Clap’s Mollyhouse and Citizenship. The production comes as part of the theatre’s 2018 season, which also includes Instructions for Correct Assembly, Pity and Ear for Eye.

The production runs at Jerwood Downstairs at the Royal Court Theatre from 6 December 2018 to 26 January 2019, with a press night on 12 December 2018.

Sorry this show closed 26 January 2019, we recommend these similar productions.

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Performance dates:
25 Jan 2019 - 26 Jan 2019
Age recommendation:
Recommended 14+
Audience Notes:
Those who celebrate new writing should see this gripping new production, directed by the Royal Court’s acclaimed Artistic Director.

The Cane Reviews

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User Reviews


1hr 45m runtime. No interval. Dark, but with some funny moments. The entire cast (all three of them) are superb and really draw you in. This does make for some uncomfortable moments, but that's a credit to how well they do their job. It's really Read more

Performance date: 19 January 2019

The acting was better than the play itself. The cast was good, the play ok but not brilliant.

Performance date: 19 January 2019

A very intense and well told story of the evolution of teaching based around the loss of the cane but also dealing with more modern issues such as academisation of schools. As a teacher I really appreciated this as much as the central story. The beau Read more

Performance date: 05 January 2019
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