Direct from an acclaimed run in London, the powerful Royal Court Theatre production of Lucy Kirkwood’s astonishing new play is making its American debut at MTC with the heralded original cast. In a remote cottage on the lonely British coast, a couple of retired nuclear engineers are living a very quiet life. Outside, the world is in utter chaos following a devastating series of events. When an old friend turns up at their door, they’re shocked to discover the real reason for her visit. The Mail on Sunday calls The Children “beautifully written and superbly acted.” Hailed by The Independent as “the most rewarding dramatist of her generation,” playwright Lucy Kirkwood makes her highly anticipated New York debut. Directing is the award-winning James Macdonald (Top Girls at MTC). The Children stars the original Royal Court Theatre cast: BAFTA Award winner Francesca Annis (BBC’s “Cranford”), two-time Olivier Award nominee Ron Cook (Girl from the North Country), and Outer Critics Circle Award winner Deborah Findlay (National Theatre’s Stanley).
The Children is a Royal Court Theatre production.
Lead support for The Children has been provided by MTC’s Producing Fund Partner, Andrew Martin-Weber. Additional support for The Children is provided by The Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater. The Children is the recipient of a Berwin Lee New Play Commission.
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The Children runs 1 hour, 50 minutes, with no intermission.
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Select U.K. theatre credits: Girl From the North Country at the Old Vic; The Children, The Recruiting Officer, Our Country’s Good at The Royal Court; Faith Healer, Trelawny of the “Wells”, Richard II, King Lear (and BAM), Glengarry Glen Ross, Juno and the Paycock (Olivier Award nomination) at the Donmar; The Seafarer, Howard Katz, Black Snow at the National Theatre; The Homecoming, Henry V (Olivier award nomination), Hamlet (and Broadway), Twelfth Night, Art in the West End. Select television credits: “The City and the City,” “Mr Selfridge,” “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” “Little Dorrit,” “The Diary of Anne Frank,” “Dr. Who.” Select film credits: Hot Fuzz, Confetti, The Merchant of Venice, Thunderbirds, 24 Hour Party People, Charlotte Gray, Chocolat, Topsy-Turvy, Secrets and Lies.
New York theatre: original production of Top Girls (The Public Theater, Obie Award), Escaped Alone (BAM), Stanley (Outer Critics Circle Award). Select U.K. theatre: The Children, Escaped Alone and Top Girls, all at the Royal Court Theatre; Rules for Living, Timon of Athens, Mother Clap’s Molly House, The Winter’s Tale, Stanley (Olivier Award), all at the National Theatre; Coriolanus, Moonlight, John Gabriel Borkman, The Cut, The Vortex, all at the Donmar; The Glass Menagerie at the Young Vic; Like a Fishbone at the Bush Theatre; The School for Scandal, Twelfth Night at the RSC; Tongue of a Bird at the Almeida. Select TV: “Collateral,” “Poirot,” “Cranford,” “State of Play,” “Torchwood.” Recent film credits: Hampstead, Kaleidoscope, The Ones Below, The Lady in the Van.