First look at Stephen Mangan and the cast of Rules For Living at the National Theatre

Production photos of Stephen Mangan and the cast of Rules For Living at the National Theatre.

Sam Holcroft’s new play Rules For Living is directed by Marianne Elliott, with design by Chloe Lamford, lighting by Neil Austin, music by Adrian Sutton, fight direction by Kate Waters and sound by Ian Dickinson.

Rules For Living is playing at the National Theatre from 18 March 2015 until 8 July 2015

STORY

Everyone creates their own coping strategies or rules for living. But what happens when an extended family gathers in the kitchen for a traditional Christmas and they each follow those rules, rigidly?
With all due respect, that sounds like the biggest load of pseudo-psychological nonsense I’ve ever heard in my life.
In Sam Holcroft’s theatrically playful, dark comedy the family does just that. And when the instructions are there for all to see, audience included, there’s really no place to hide.
As long-held mechanisms for survival are laid bare, even Mum, who’s been preparing this lunch since last January, becomes embroiled.
Long-held rivalries and resentments will out. Accusations fly, relationships deconstruct, the rules take over.