About The Children

Royal Court Theatre, London
Booking to 14 January 2017
No longer booking

The Children at the Royal Court Theatre

Francesca Annis, Ron Cook and Deborah Findlay star in an intimate new drama from award-winning writer Lucy Kirkwood (Chimerica, NSFW).

Directed by James Macdonald (Escaped Alone, The Father), The Children is a new play about three old friends teetering on the edge of extinction.

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

The Children runs from 17 November 2016 until 14 January 2017 at the Royal Court Theatre.


“At our time of life, we simply cannot deal with this shit.”

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.

“Do you want to call your children?”
“To let them know your plans.”


The cast features Francesca Annis, Ron Cook and Deborah Findlay.


Directed by James Macdonald, with design by Miriam Buether and lighting design by Peter Mumford.


★★★★ Kirkwood’s slow-burning drama asks profound questions – The Guardian
★★★★ Kirkwood is the most rewarding dramatist of her generation – The Independent
★★★★ part of the brilliance of Kirkwood’s play is how the nuclear scenario only half matters. ‘The Children’ is tantalisingly hard to define: it is about aging and responsibility. It’s about a reckoning – Time Out
★★★★ It has a pressing, provocative question at its heart – about the responsibility of the older generation towards the young – Daily Telegraph

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Performance dates
Booking to 14 January 2017

Important Notes

Age Restrictions: Suitable for 14+

Venue Information

Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, London, SW1W 8AS
Nearest Tube or Train: Sloane Square (Circle Line, District Line)
Nearest Buses: 19, 22, 319, C1, N19, N22, 137, 452

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