The Cane

by Mark Ravenhill

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Thu 06 Dec - Sat 26 Jan / £ Sold Out

On Mondays tickets are £12 and can be booked from 9am online on the day. Find out more about £12 Monday tickets here.

“It will be the biggest send off any teacher has ever had. No teacher is as loved”

After 45 years as a dedicated teacher, Edward is looking forward to the imminent celebration to mark his retirement. But his home is under siege. A mob of angry students have gathered. A brick has been thrown through the window, he and his wife haven’t left the house for six days, and now his estranged daughter has arrived with her own questions.

“Why would they attack the most popular teacher in the school?”

Mark Ravenhill’s previous work for the Royal Court includes Over There (& Schaubühne, Berlin), Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat and Shopping and Fucking.

Royal Court Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone directs.

Support the Court performance | Tue 22 Jan
Proceeds from the performance will help to support the Royal Court’s writing groups which run throughout the year. Past facilitators include Mark Ravenhill. More details



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"A compelling new play... Breathtakingly savage"

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"A masterly and fascinating account of power"

Aleks Sierz, The Arts Desk Read full review

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"Mark Ravenhill's best new play in an age"

Andrzej Lukowski, Time Out Read full review

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"Tense, provocative and very well directed by Vicky Featherstone"

Michael Billington, Guardian Read full review

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"Walker is completely, utterly enthralling"

Tim Bano, The Stage Read full review

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"A gripping new play... A riveting and complex moral drama"

Sarah Hemming, Financial Times Read full review

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"The performances are simply sensational... Utterly terrific"

Sarah Crompton, WhatsOnStage Read full review

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"Clever, witty and slyly provocative"

Paul Taylor, Independent Read full review

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"Acted with gripping power and precision"

Mark Shenton, Read full review

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Jerwood Theatre Downstairs

Mon – Sat: 7.30pm (except 12 Dec 7pm)
Thu & Sat mats: 2.30pm (from 15 Dec)

Captioned: Tue 8 Jan & Fri 18 Jan 7.30pm
Audio Described: Sat 19 Jan 2.30pm (Touch tour 1pm)
Relaxed Performance: Mon 14 Jan 7.30pm

Running time: approx. 1hr 40 mins (with no interval)

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Age Guidance: 14+


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Mon 21 Jan 7.30pm

All seats for this performance are £12 and will be released online at 9am on the day of the show.

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Tue 22 Jan 7.30pm

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Wed 23 Jan 7.30pm

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Sat 26 Jan 2.30pm

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Sat 26 Jan 7.30pm