Royal Court


05 Jul 2017 - 12 Aug 2017

Pro reviewers rating
11 reviews

3.3 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

 – We should have brought a gift.
– We’ve brought a gift. It’s called 22 thousand pounds.

Purchased from Russia. Developed in India. Delivered to the UK.

A global transaction over nine months that offers ‘a lifetime of happiness’ for all involved.

Ages 14+


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“Christian's direction builds tension with subtle layers, until you suddenly realise you've been chewing your nails off all along”

What's on Stage (Other reviewers)

“Deftly directed... packs a lot of challenging ideas into 90 minutes... Mitchell is remarkable... Brown excellent.”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Brims with powerful emotions and interesting ideas... Franzmann vividly portrays the desperation and distress... A treat.”

Aleks Sierz (Arts Desk, The Stage)

“Bruising... compelling and increasingly distressing... Dark humour and compassion... An excellent cast... Taut production.”

Sarah Hemming (Financial Times)

“Immensely powerful... Mitchell's performance brilliantly captures the grief-stricken, end-of-the-tether aspects of the woman.”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“Compelling, shape-shifting, but over-fussy new drama about surrogacy.”

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

“A decent play that ticks all the right boxes... I felt intellectually enlightened without being deeply moved.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Unsparing... The boldest stroke... is its most successful one: she lets Clem’s unborn child speak... Hugely ambitious.”

Alice Saville (Time Out, Independent)

“Franzmann’s play and Jude Christian’s production are fair, acute – and over-deliberate... Brown is poised and witty.”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“Great dialogue... beautifully acted... hamstrung by metaphor and internalised debate.”

Dominic Maxwell (The Times)

“To really win our sympathy, Franzmann’s play needs a bigger, fatter personality at its centre, someone who’s more conflicted.”

Patrick Marmion (Time Out, Daily Mail)

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