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    “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.

    Performance dates: 25 Jan 2019 - 26 Jan 2019

    Running time: TBC

    Age recommendation: Recommended 14+

    Special notice: Those who celebrate new writing should see this gripping new production, directed by the Royal Court’s acclaimed Artistic Director.

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    Latest audience reviews

    1hr 45m runtime. No interval. Dark, but with some funny moments. The entire cast (all three of them)... More

    ruthfrench 20 Jan 2019

    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 cool too that the programme is also the play-text and for the same price as a standard programme.

    ruthfrench 20 Jan 2019

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

    Jmagson1 18 Feb 2019

    A very intense and well told story of the evolution of teaching based around the loss of the cane but... More

    emilygami Top 50 reviewer02 Feb 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 beauty of this writing is that you find yourself empathising with a man who is so clearly in the wrong. His rationale for what he did, why he did it, and why he still has the cane in his loft are flawless and understandable, and that makes it so hard to disagree with him. It throws up many moral dilemmas which are not dissimilar to the (admittedly more serious) debates around the Nuremberg trials- are you doing wrong when you are simply following orders in order to save yourself?

    emilygami Top 50 reviewer02 Feb 2019
    bowerhe 23 Jan 2019
    doonakebab Top 100 reviewer06 Mar 2019
    louisemmitt 20 May 2019
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