The Children at Royal Court Theatre tickets
The Children at Royal Court Theatre tickets

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About the show

Olivier Award-winning playwright Lucy Kirkwood presented her new play at the Royal Court Theatre, directed by James MacDonald. Having ran at the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, The Children began with ‘First Look’ open productions that allowed the audience to give feedback that would influence the development of the show.

Following two retired nuclear scientists, The Children declares “at our time of life, we simply cannot deal with this shit.” As their world crumbles around them, the pair hunker down at an isolated seafront cottage. Soon, their world of yoga and yogurt is disrupted by the arrival of an old friend, who presents them with a frightening request.

The Children starred Francesca Annis (Blood at the Royal Court, A Month in the Country at the National) as Rose, Ron Cook (Faith Healer, Our Country’s Good) as Robin and Olivier Award-winning actress Deborah Findlay (Escaped Alone, The Winslow Boy) as Hazel.

James MacDonald directed, with previous Royal Court credits having includedEscaped Alone, The Wolf from the Door, Circle Mirror Transformation, Love & Information, Cock and Drunk Enough to Say I Love You?.

The Children was written by Lucy Kirkwood, who received an Olivier Award for Chimerica and had penned productions such as NSFW and Like Rabbits. The Children featured design by Miriam Buether, lighting design by Peter Mumford and sound design by Max Pappenheim and ran at the Royal Court theatre until January 14th 2017.

Recommended for

Fans of Escaped Alone and the recent success Unreachable will thoroughly enjoy this production, which included early audience suggestions in the process of development.

The Children is suitable for those aged 14 and up.

Age Recommendations: Age Guidance 14+

Dates and times

Running time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Opened: 17 Nov 2016
Press night: 24 Nov 2016
Booking from: 14 Jan 2017
Booking until: 14 Jan 2017

Location and map

Royal Court Theatre
Sloane Square
London, SW1W 8AS

12 Reviews Add review

2016 in a nutshell. This performance is so relevant and forward. Looking at the older generation and how their decisions affect the... More

zschmik 5"8, 14 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Thought provoking, humorous, emotional. Brilliant.

minverow 5”8, 16 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Builds slowly to a poignant, moving conclusion. Refreshing to see a middle-aged cast leading the action.

LauraKPeatman 5"7, 68 reviews, 7 helpful votes

simondowling 6"2, 136 reviews, 3 helpful votes

Great show well acted by a small cast. A scary and realistic view of a possible future.

rhiev 5' 6", 218 reviews, 15 helpful votes

lauradibg 159cm, 28 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The Children is a fantastic play. Very witty and would definitely recommend it.

paolondon 12 reviews, 2 helpful votes

talvanycarlotto 18 reviews, 0 helpful votes

The most brilliantly written and performed play I've seen.

emilykirsten 5’3, 265 reviews, 4 helpful votes