by Lucy Kirkwood
13 Sept – 19 Oct 2019
13 Sept – 19 Oct 2019
Performances daily at 7.30pm, ex. Sundays

Ticket sales from 18 June 2019

No interval

Duration of the play approx. 1h 35mins
Play ends approx. at 9.05 p.m.


U.K. Writers’ Guild Award 2018 for Best Play.

In a remote cottage on the British East coast, Hazel and Robin, a couple of retired nuclear engineers, are living a seemingly cosy and quiet life. Whilst the outside world is in chaos following a devastating series of events, Robin is farming and Hazel is practising yoga. When Rose, an old friend, suddenly turns up at their door after decades of absence, her motives are unclear at first. What begins as intimate but slightly tense banter on relationships, parenthood and friendship, soon turns into a gripping and fierce conflict, when Rose makes an unexpected proposal that raises the stakes. Robin and Hazel’s protected existence is disrupted as they are forced to consider their responsibility for the next generation.

“Bristling with chills and suspense. Thrilling!” – The New York Times
“Sly, gripping, darkly funny.” – The Times
“Kirkwood is the most rewarding dramatist of her generation.” – The Independent

Cast & Creative Team

Amanda Osborne
Anna Kirke
Mark Elstob

Adrienne Ferguson
Richard Evans
No interval

The video and/or audio recording of this performance by any means whatsoever are strictly prohibited.

“The Children” was developed with the kind support of the Berwin Lee Foundation and first performed at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre, Downstairs, Sloane Square, on Thursday 17 November 2016.