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About the show

Lucy Kirkwood’s new play The Children runs at the Royal Court for a limited season, playing until January 14th 2017. Running at the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, The Children is the brand new play from Olivier Award winner Kirkwood, who penned successes such as Chimerica and NSFW.

The Children follows two retired nuclear scientists housed in an isolated cottage by the sea. As their world of yoga and yogurts begins to crumble around them, things are further disrupted by the arrival of an old friend with a demanding, frightening request. Written specifically for the Royal Court season, the play is a recipient of a Berwin Lee New Play Commission.

A three-hander, The Children stars Francesca Annis (Blood at the Royal Court) as Rose, Ron Cook as Robin and Deborah Findlay as Hazel. Cook has extensive credits both on and off screen, including Mr Selfridge, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Hot Fuzz, as well as Our Country’s Good and Faith Healer. Findlay is an award-winning actress, with credits including Escaped Alone, Lovesick and The Lady in the Van.

James MacDonald directs, with previous Royal Court plays including Escaped Alone, The Wolf from the Door and Circle Mirror Transformation. The Children features design by Miriam Buether, lighting design by Peter Mumford and sound design by Max Pappenheim.

The Children plays at the Royal Court Theatre from November 17th 2016 to January 14th 2017, having had an official opening on November 24th 2016.

Who Should See It?

Those who enjoyed Escaped Alone and Lucy Kirkwood’s Chimerica will find The Children thoroughly engaging.

The Children is recommended for those aged 14 and up.

Playing at

Royal Court Theatre
Sloane Square
Seating Plan

Royal Court Theatre seating plan

Booking period

17th Nov 2016

21st Nov 2017

14th Jan 2017

Running time

1 hour 50 minutes


Age Guidance 14+