"Too often it sacrifices credibility to comedy."
-The Guardian-

""...funny, deliciously rude and at times piercingly moving...""
-The Daily Telegraph-

""...perceptive, vigorous and entertaining.""
-The Evening Standard-

Sorry, Jumpy closed on 03 Nov 2012

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About the show

Jumpy opened at the Royal Court Theatre in 2011 where it received a string of excellent reviews for the play, production and cast alike. Written by April De Angelis whose other work at the Royal Court includes 'Catch' and 'Wild East', along with 'A Gloriously Mucky Business' at the Lyric Hammersmith, Jumpy is directed by Nina Raine. Hillary is now 50, and after once being a young revolutionary she has now settled down into the domestic drama of being a mother. Struggling to cope with her teenage daughter, this play explores family relationships and the sense of regret.

This hilarious new play will strike a chord with many people in the audience. As we see a relationship fall apart, it is the relationship between a mother and a daughter that requires most examining, as the two struggle to fit in each other's life. As Hillary suffers to come to terms with middle age, her teenage daughter appears out of control, and in trying to relate to her, manages to isolate her even further. Her adult relationships include larger than life personalities who play into her unstable life and dictate her movement as she fights to keep control of her family. Tamsin Grieg's performance is both honest and raw, giving a perfect insight into a modern day London family.

Who Should See It?

Fans of other shows in the Royal Court Season at the Duke of York's Theatre such as 'Posh' will enjoy seeing the work of the company given a new life in the West End. The show sold out quickly during its initial season, so make sure you book ahead for one of the hottest new plays this autumn.

Jumpy deals with some adult themes and contains some use of strong language.


Hillary: a 50 year old mother of one who is trying to come to terms with the end of her professional career and the break up of her marriage. 

Tilly: Hillary's teenage daughter who resists her mother's attempts to control her and pushes the boundaries with boyfriends, drink and partying. 

Frances: Hillary's best friend. An out of work actor who is interested in performance Burlesque. She treats Hillary to a number of performances throughout the play than end with hilarious routines. 

Mark: Hillary's husband. 


Playing at

Duke of York's Theatre
St Martin's Lane
Seating Plan

Duke of York's Theatre seating plan

Booking period

16th Aug 2012

20th Feb 2020

3rd Nov 2012

Running time

2 hours 30 minutes including an interval