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Book tickets to new Royal Shakespeare Company production Kyoto.

This breathless and gripping new play recounts the fateful hours of tense negotiation which lead up to the historic signing of the UN’s landmark climate conference in December 1997.

Award-winning directors Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin (Stranger Things: The First Shadow) reunite with writers Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson following their acclaimed collaboration on The Jungle, for new play Kyoto.

This pulse-pounding political drama features a stellar ensemble cast including Stephen Kunken (Billions, The Handmaid’s Tale),

Kyoto is now playing at the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon until 13 July 2024. There’s no current news on a London transfer for the show, but check back for details, or sign-up for alerts.

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Running time
2 hours 50 minutes (including interval)

What's the story of Kyoto?

‘This isn’t negotiation, it’s hand to hand combat.’

11 December 1997.

The Kyoto Conference Centre. 5am.

The nations of the world are in deadlock. 11 hours have passed since the UN’s landmark climate conference should have ended. Time is running out. And agreement feels a world away…

The greatest obstacle: American oil lobbyist and master strategist, Don Pearlman.

Tensions are high and the stakes are even higher in Kyoto – a sharp, searing and darkly comic story about a moment when the nations of the world took a first, monumental step towards each other.

Who is in the cast of Kyoto?

Starring Stephen Kunken as Don Pearlman, Jenna Augen as Shirley Pearlman, Jorge Bosch who plays Argentinian ambassador Raul Estrada Oyuela, Vincent Franklin as Fred Singer, Dale Rapley as Bert Bolin and Olivia Barrowclough as Secretariat.

Representing the National Delegations are Andrea Gatchalian as Kiribati / AOSIS, Raad Rawi as Mohammad Al Sabban / OPEC, Kwong Loke as Prof. Shukong Zhong / China, Nancy Crane as USA/Wirth/Eisenstat, Ingrid Oliver as Angela Merkel / Germany, Jude Akuwudike as Prof. Mark Mwandosya / Tanzania, Ferdy Roberts as UK/Prescott/Houghton and Togo Igawa as Hiroshi Ohki / Japan.

Who are the creative team of Kyoto?

Written by Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson

Directed by Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin

Miriam Buether (Set Designer), Natalie Pryce (Costume Designer) Aideen Malone (Lighting Designer), Christopher Reid (Sound Designer), Akhila Krishnan (Video Designer), Gemma Stockwood (Dramaturg) and Julia Horan CDG (Casting Director)



★★★★★ "Sheer theatrical magic" - What's On Stage
★★★★ "Gripping theatre" - The Guardian
★★★★ "Breakneck pacing and vivid performances" - The Stage
★★★★ "A rich and vital play about the climate change baddies" - i News
★★★★ "RSC makes compelling drama out of climate-change crisis" - Financial Times
★★★★ "A whirligig show about the climate crisis" - The Observer

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