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The Children

Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, Sloane Square, London, United Kingdom, SW1W 8AS

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Acclaimed playwright Lucy Kirkwood’s gripping new drama, The Children, arrives at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, telling the story of two retired nuclear scientists watching the world self-destruct.

Sitting in an isolated cottage by the sea, the duo look on as the world around them crumbles.

They plan to live forever on yogurt and yoga – until an old friend arrives with a frightening request.

Directed by James Macdonald, who recently directed Caryl Churchill’s Escaped Alone at the Sloane Square venue, The Children promises to be unmissable.

Cast & Creatives

Francesca Annis, Ron Cook, Deborah Findlay
Lucy Kirkwood
James Macdonald

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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

Access information

How to book
Tel: 020 7565 5000 Fax: 020 7565 5145 Email:
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

Our price


Face value?
£12.00- £35.00

Age suitability
Show times
Mon-Sat 7.30pm, Thu & Sat 2.30pm
Previews from
Opening night
Box office
020 7565 5000
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