The Children at Samuel J. Friedman Theatre tickets
The Children at Samuel J. Friedman Theatre tickets

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About the show

After receiving stellar reviews for its debut at London’s Royal Court Theatre, Lucy Kirkwood’s The Children transfers to Broadway. This three-hander about retired nuclear engineers receiving an unexpected visitor runs at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.

In an isolated cottage on a sparsely populated stretch of British coastline, former nuclear engineers Robin and Hazel are spending their retirement quietly. Outside, an environmental disaster involving a nuclear reactor has caused devastation, disorder and regret. When the couple’s old colleague Rose unexpectedly arrives at their door, what seems to be a catchup between friends swiftly transforms into something altogether darker.

The original London cast are set to reprise their roles for The Children on Broadway.

Deborah Findlay (Hazel) was last on the New York stage in Stanley (1997), with other credits including Top Girls, Vincent River and Coriolanus.

Ron Cook’s (Robin) resume includes Polonius in Jude Lawe’s Hamlet, Girl from the North Country and Faith Healer.

Francesca Annis (Rose) has twice appeared in Hamlet on Broadway, first as Ophelia (1969) and later as Gertrude (1995). She is a six-time BAFTA Television Award nominee, having won for ITV’s Lillie.

Playwright Lucy Kirkwood’s previous work includes NSFW and the Olivier Award winning take on Chinese-American relation,s Chimerica. The Children is directed by James Macdonald (Top Girls) with set and costume design from Miriam Buether (A Doll’s House, Part 2) and lighting design from Peter Mumford (Private Lives).

Taking the classic “unexpected visitor” trope and imbuing it with huge environmental and existential questions, The Children is an expertly crafted piece of new writing. It begins previews at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on November 28, 2017.

Recommended for

Fans of Lucy Kirkwood’s Chimerica should grab tickets for her latest smart, unique and contemporary play. With plenty of existential questions at its heart, The Children is also an excellent choice for theatergoers wanting to be challenged as well as entertained.

Age Recommendations: TBC

Dates and times

Running time: 1 hour 50 minutes (no intermission)
Opened: 28 Nov 2017
Press night: 12 Dec 2017
Booking from: 28 Nov 2017
Booking until: 04 Feb 2018

Location and map

Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
261 W 47th St
New York, NY 10036

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