Richard Bean’s new black comedy The Heretic dares to question whether the science is settled.
The study of climate science is the cool degree at the university where Dr Diane Cassell is a lead academic in Earth Sciences. At odds with the orthodoxy over man-made climate change, she finds herself increasingly vilified and is forced to ask if the issue is political as well as personal. Could the belief in anthropogenic global warming be the most attractive religion of the 21st century?
Prior to The Heretic, Bean’s last play at the Royal Court was Harvest in 2005. His previous plays at the Royal Court include Toast, Honeymoon Suite and Under The Whaleback. His recent work elsewhere includes The Big Fellah for Out of Joint at the Lyric Hammersmith, England People Very Nice at the National Theatre, The English Game on tour and In the Club at Hampstead Theatre.
For more about The Heretic at the Royal Court read the First Night Feature.
Cast & Creatives
- Juliet Stevenson, James Fleet, Lydia Wilson, Leah Whittaker, Adrian Hood, Johnny Flynn
- Richard Bean
- Jeremy Herrin
- Royal Court
- Lighting Designer
- Paul Pyant
- Emma Laxton
Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
- Sloane Square, London, United Kingdom, SW1W 8AS
- 020 7565 5000
- Official site
- Nearest tube
- Sloane Square (next to theatre)
- Nearest bus
- 11, 19, 22, 137, 319, 360, C1
50% off parking when you park at Q-Park Pimlico (outside Congestion Charge Zone). Set down point outside entrance. On-street parking after 18:30.
- This venue accepts Theatre Tokens
- How to book
- Tel: 020 7565 5000/5013 Fax: 020 7565 5145
- Access tickets £12 (plus a companion at the same rate).
- Limited mobility
- Row K and M11 and 12 in Stalls have the most leg room.
- Access description
- 3 steps up through main doors from street, or level access through entrance down right-hand side of theatre through easy-open doors. Lift to all levels of both auditoria on the right, inside the alternative entrance. Box Office facing main entrance with accessible counter (75cm high) for wheelchair users. Lift is fitted with a voice commentary. From the foyer there are 20 steps down to Stalls, 18 up to Circle (3 steps between rows), 64 to Jerwood Theatre Upstairs. Stairs have handrails with raised metal studs indicating which floor you are approaching.
- Hearing impaired
- Induction loop in Jerwood Theatre Downstairs. Infra-red system (20 headsets) in both theatres. Collect headsets from Box Office.
- Guide dogs policy
- 4 guide and hearing dogs are welcome. Please inform the theatre in advance to arrange an aisle seat or someone to look after your dog in the Box Office or cloakroom if preferred.
- Jerwood Theatre Downstairs: 3 spaces in the centre of row J and 2 at either end of row K in Stalls. Unless you are seated at J11/12 your companion can sit next to you. 1 space in Circle (row D). K11 and 12 in the stalls are available for transfer seating. Jerwood Theatre Upstairs: 2 spaces for wheelchair users – the position changes depending on the production. Please book wheelchair spaces at least 24 hours in advance. Venue is suitable for scooters, but phone beforehand.
- Level access to men’s and women’s toilets on café level.
- Disabled toilets
- Adapted toilets immediately outside the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs and immediately outside the stalls and circle of the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs.
- Bars at Stalls and Circle level (moveable seats and tables). Access to bar and food area is by a separate platform lift. Drinks in plastic cups can be brought into auditorium. Menu available in large print on request.
- This venue accepts Theatre Tokens