We live in an age of mob justice: trial by Twitter and punishment by the press and in the court of popular opinion. Things were simpler once: you "just" got a slap across the hand with a cane. But corporal punishment has long been outlawed. The scars of it, however, linger - and tonight, as Edward is looking forward to his imminent retirement after 45 years as a teacher and deputy head at a... Read more
The Cane Tickets
Mark Ravenhill’s latest play The Cane opens at the Royal Court Theatre in London this December, with tickets available now.
After nearly half a century as a hard-working teacher, there may be no one at the school as popular as Edward. But after 45 years he’s decided to retire and plans are put into action to give him the biggest send off a teacher has ever had. But a rabble of vexed students have gathered outside his house, smashing Edward’s windows with bricks. He and his wife have been trapped in their house for almost a week, and now his estranged daughter has arrived, and she has some questions of her own. How did it end up like this?
Mark Ravenhill is a renowned playwright possibly best-known for his work like Shopping and F***ing, Mother Clap's Molly House and The Cut, which starred Ian McKellen when it opened at the Donmar Warehouse in 2006.
The Cane will be directed by Royal Court artistic director Vicky Featherstone. Featherstone was named the most influential person in theatre by The Stage newspaper in 2018, and has been in charge at the Royal Court since 2013. Productions she has directed include Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas, and The Wolves in the Walls.
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