Royal Court


21 Jul 2017 - 09 Sep 2017

£14.00 - £52.00

Pro reviewers rating
14 reviews

3.6 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
1 reviews

5.0 out of 5.0

I feel like England's forcing the brain out me head.

A Road, a wild night, a drunken tour guide, a journey to the gutter and the stars and back.

Cartwright's seminal play gives expression to the inhabitants of an unnamed northern road in Eighties Britain.

New production.


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“Cartwright’s vivid language, with its ugly-beautiful poetry, its rage and compassion, still grabs you by the heart and throat.”

Sam Marlowe (The Times, The Stage, Time Out, Arts Desk)

“Does rich justice to a play that pins down the raucous despair and ebullient hopelessness of a community scarred by unemployment”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“A tough, sinewy production, full of the rude vitality, rough poetry and devastating loneliness of Cartwright's wild writing.”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Timely... Wisely, Tiffany allows the parallels to speak for themselves... Marsay and Zaza are perfection... Hadfield is superb.”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“Cartwright empowers through eloquence and Tiffany raises people up and gives them a platform.”

Matt Trueman (What's On Stage, Time Out)

“Deeply tender revival... tempers its landscape of pain with an abundance of poetry... Gathering force.”

Matt Wolf (Arts Desk)

“Cartwright’s unholy, poetic vernacular lends a nobility to his characters’ yearning for something beyond themselves.”

Claire Allfree (Metro, Telegraph)

“A bravura staging... Tiffany’s bold way with a far-reaching theme is matched by his vaudeville spirit... Watson is marvellous.”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“Its strength, its bleak beauty, is that it concerns itself with people rather than issues... But it knows, and so do we.”

Ian Shuttleworth (Financial Times)

“An inventively staged but underwhelming revival of Jim Cartwright's 1986 smash-hit.”

Fergus Morgan (The Stage, What's On Stage)

“A roaring rag-bag of rage... An expressionistic, virtually set-free production full of pent-up energy... White: excellent.”

Fiona Mountford (Evening Standard)

“Bawdy lament... remains a big-hearted salute to a decaying city... Swaggering production, bolstered with Eighties pop music.”

Patrick Marmion (Time Out, Daily Mail)

“A groundbreaking cri de coeur... A brilliant cast illuminate the short, sharp scenes and even mine humour from the darkness.”

Neil Norman (Express, The Stage)

“Innately distasteful... watching the well-heeled Royal Court audience pruriently sampling the rawness of working-class life.”

Michael Arditti (Express)

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