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Open Reading - Join us for the reading of a new work by Rory Kelly 'Acute Accent'
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27th January from 15:30 to 18:00
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2nd February from 10:30 to 12:00
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3rd February from 14:30 to 17:30
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6th March from 20:00 to 21:00

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The Children

“Retired people are like nuclear power stations. We like to live by the sea.”

Jan 26th to Feb 2nd 2019

A play by Lucy Kirkwood

Hazel and Robin, two retired nuclear scientists live in a cottage on the English coast and seek to preserve some semblance of normality in the wake of a disaster at a local power station. They still listen to Radio 4, dance to James Brown, practise yoga and keep in touch with the family. But when Rose, a fellow nuclear scientist they haven’t seen for 38 years suddenly turns up, their precariously ordered existence is disrupted. Has Rose come to reignite her old affair with Robin or does she have some darker purpose? As the old friends share a bottle of wine and reflect on the choices they have made in their lives, disturbing questions are raised.
 
This award winning play uses an intimate domestic setting to raise big issues; in particular how people in the future will react to the poisoned legacy of the present.
 
Press Quotes:
“A far-reaching, unsettling play about legacy, survival and responsibility ... deceptively lightly written and often tartly funny ... ”The Guardian
“... the play has a pressing, provocative question at its heart – about the responsibility of the older generation towards the younger... [this] is Fukushima meets The Archers, and it's marvellous.” The Daily Telegraph
 
Ron Cook, our Patron who created the role of Robin when it was first staged in 2016 at The Royal Court Theatre writes:
“[I am reminded] of how much I owe to the Criterion and Geoff Bennett for helping me to fall in love with theatre. The production of ‘The Children’ transferred the production to Broadway in November 2017 where we ran for a limited season of four months at the Samuel J Friedman Theatre. It was hugely successful and received two Tony nominations. One for best new play and Deborah Findlay for best featured actress in a play.”
 
There will be smoking on stage under The Smoke-free (Exemptions and Vehicles) Regulations 2007.

Coming Soon

Florian Zeller. Translated by Christopher Hampton.
Main House
Mar 16th to 23rd
William Shakespeare
Main House
May 11th to 18th
E. Nesbit adapted for the stage by Mike Kenny
Main House
Oct 12th to 19th
Joe Landry
Main House
Nov 30th to Dec 7th

Just Finished

Alan Bennett (adapted from the novel by Kenneth Grahame)
Main House
Dec 1st to 8th