Casting has been announced for the Royal Court’s upcoming production of the Rory Mullarkey’s new play Pity, which is set to open in July. Pity has been described as Monty Python-meets-Armageddon be designer Chloe Lamford, and promises exploding ice cream vans, a meteor strike, numerous vehicles (possibly including tanks), and around 20 explosions. It sees Mullarkey, whose previous work includes St George and the Dragon at the National Theatre, ask ‘whether things are really getting worse’.
Rory Mullarkey is bored of your plays. He’s had enough of predictable plots and complex characters. Instead, he presents Pity: a barmy take on middle England society that feels like new wave Monty Python that yearns to be quirky and off-the-wall, but instead launches itself into a pile of rubble.