The Cane at Royal Court Theatre tickets
The Cane at Royal Court Theatre tickets

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About the show

“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.

Recommended for

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

Age Recommendations: Recommended 14+

Dates and times

Running time: TBC
Opened: 06 Dec 2018
Press night: 12 Dec 2018
Booking from: 25 Jan 2019
Booking until: 26 Jan 2019

Location and map

Royal Court Theatre
Sloane Square
London, SW1W 8AS

13 Reviews Add review

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

ruthfrench 11 reviews, 0 helpful votes

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

Jmagson1 2 reviews, 0 helpful votes

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... More

emilydiver 5"0, 292 reviews, 15 helpful votes

bowerhe 5'6, 44 reviews, 1 helpful vote

doonakebab 5'10", 189 reviews, 4 helpful votes

louisemmitt 45 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Superb acting from a stellar cast including Nicola Walker, Alun Armstrong and Maggie Steed. Some of the ideologies of the play I didn't... More

joc78 5"4, 435 reviews, 7 helpful votes

The play concerns a schoolteacher - deputy head, in fact (Alun Armstrong) - on the brink of retirement, his wife (Maggie Steed), and... More

u2fancat 5'6'', 93 reviews, 2 helpful votes

louisemmitt 45 reviews, 0 helpful votes