The Children

Award-winning writer Lucy Kirkwood (Chimerica, NSFW) collaborates with director James Macdonald (Escaped Alone, The Father). 

Two retired nuclear scientists in an isolated cottage by the sea as the world around them crumbles.

Together they are going to live forever on yogurt and yoga, until an old friend arrives with a frightening request.

Writer Lucy Kirkwood's previous work for the Royal Court includes NSFW. Other credits include Beauty and the Beast (National Theatre), Tinderbox (Bush Theatre) and it felt empty when the heart went at first but it is alright now, produced by Clean Break at the Arcola. Chimerica premiered at the Almeida Theatre in 2013 and subsequently transferred to the West End, earning Lucy the prestigious Best New Play at the 2014 Olivier and Evening Standard Awards.

'Kirkwood is part of a new generation of writers who are redefining their role in a changing theatre landscape.' The Guardian's Lyn Gardner.

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Age Restrictions: 
Suitable for 14+
Lucy Kirkwood
Royal Court Theatre
James Macdonald
Peter Mumford
Miriam Buether
Cast list: 
Francesca Annis, Ron Cook and Deborah Findlay
West End
The Children Schedule
Previews from: 
Thursday, 17 November, 2016
Opening date: 
Thursday, 24 November, 2016
Available from: 
Saturday, 14 January, 2017
Booking to: 
Saturday, 14 January, 2017
Saturday, 14 January, 2017

Royal Court Theatre

Sloane Square, London, SW1W 8AS
Nearest tube:
Sloane Square

Latest The Children News & Features

Thursday, November 24, 2016
First look at The Children by Lucy Kirkwood at the Royal Court Theatre

Production images have been released of Lucy Kirkwood's new play The Children which opens at the Royal Court Theatre in Sloane Square this evening, 24 November 2016. The production, which is directed by James Macdonald, runs until 14 January 2017.

Francesca Annis, Ron Cook and Deborah Findlay star in the production which features lighting design by Peter Mumford and design by Miriam Buether.

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Our Review

Lucy Kirkwood's Chimerica (launched at the Almeida in 2013 before transferring to the West End, and winning the complete set of Olivier, Evening Standard and Critics' Circle Theatre Awards for best play) was a big public play that spun an epic portrait of the world out of a single private act of defiance. Her new play The Children... Read more

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