The Ruling ClassDuration 2h40

Trafalgar Studios 1, 14 Whitehall, London, United Kingdom SW1A 2DY

James McAvoy returns to the London stage in the first revival of The Ruling Class since its West End premiere in 1969.

Returning to the Trafalgar Studios following his turn as Macbeth in 2013, McAvoy takes on the role of Jack in Peter Barnes’ razor-sharp comedy exposing the foibles of the English nobility.

After his father passes away in a bizarre accident Jack inherits the title of the 14th Earl of Gurney. Singularly unsuited to a life in the upper echelons of elite society, Jack finds himself at the centre of a ruthless power struggle as his scheming family strives to uphold their reputation.

Best known for his screen roles, which include films Atonement, The Last King Of Scotland and the X-Men series, McAvoy has previously appeared on stage in productions including 2005’s Breathing Corpses at the Royal Court and 2002’s Privates On Parade at the Donmar Warehouse.

The satire is directed by Lloyd whose recent productions include The Commitments and Urinetown The Musical.

Cast & Creatives

James McAvoy, Ron Cook, Kathryn Drysdale, Joshua McGuire, Anthony O’Donnell, Michael Cronin, Serena Evans, Paul Leonard, Elliot Levey, Forbes Masson, Rosy Benjamin, Andrew Bloomer, Oliver Lavery
Peter Barnes
Jamie Lloyd
Music by
Ben and Max Ringham
Jamie Lloyd Productions
Darren Carnall
Lighting Designer
Jon Clark
Ben and Max Ringham

Trafalgar Studios 1

14 Whitehall, London, United Kingdom SW1A 2DY
0844 871 7632 (Calls cost 7p per min plus your telephone company's network access charge)
Official site
Nearest tube
Charing Cross/Embankment (approx. 500m)
Nearest bus
3, 9, 11, 12, 24, 29, 53, 77A, 88, 153, 159
Nearest train
Charing Cross

50% off parking when you park at Q-Park Trafalgar, only 2 minutes walk away.

This venue accepts Theatre Tokens

Access information

How to book
Tel: 0844 871 7677 (Calls cost 7p per min plus your telephone company's network access charge) Minicom: 0870 060 6641 Email:
Discounts for all disabled customers, please call the Box Office to check availability.
Limited mobility
Leg room is generally good with extra space on the front row and on the side aisle of row E.
Access description
Level access from the street to the foyer. Box Office opposite. All staircases have handrails and steps are highlighted. 25 steps down then up 10 steps in to the auditorium (3 steps between rows). Theatre opens 1 hour before performance. There is a lift to Studio 2 and Studio Bar, plis a stair lift to Studio 1.
Hearing impaired
Infrared system in the auditorium with 16 headsets, available from the box office with a deposit. Check with Box Office which seats in the auditorium have best reception. Induction Loop and Sennheiser Mobile Connect also available
Guide dogs policy
Guide dogs are allowed inside the auditorium by prior arrangement with the theatre, alternatively staff are happy to dog-sit. You will be seated in an aisle seat.
No spaces for people who need to remain in their wheelchairs. Transfer seating is available to Row A (3 spaces) and K (1 space). Access to Row A is through the Stalls Bar and Row K is up 14 steps. Wheelchair users must bring 2 people to help with the steps. The theatre can store a maximum of 3 wheelchairs per performance. Venue is not suitable for scooters.
22 steps up from the foyer to women’s and men’s. More toilets off the Stalls Bar.
Disabled toilets
No adapted WC.
Foyer bar next to the Box Office. 25 steps to Stalls Bar (spacious, few seats). Drinks can be brought to disabled customers in the auditorium upon request.
This venue accepts Theatre Tokens