In partnership with Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse


by Michael Wynne

Cuckoo Top / Details / Extras / The Company
Thu 06 Jul - Sat 19 Aug 2023

“I do love some David Attenborough, but even he can be a bit of a miz bag now, always going on about climate change … You don’t want to think about the end of the world before you go to bed on a Sunday night.”  

Doreen and her two grown up daughters sit at the table – eating fish and chips, distracted by their phones. 

Upstairs, 17–year-old Megyn has locked herself in her grandmother’s bedroom and refuses to come out. And no one is entirely sure why… 

Michael Wynne’s dark comedy explores the safety of home and the different ways we cope in our increasingly uncertain world. 

Olivier and BAFTA Award-winning playwright, Michael Wynne returns to the Royal Court with his new play directed by Artistic Director, Vicky Featherstone.

Cuckoo has been generously supported by a lead gift from Charles Holloway.

Further support has been received from members of the Cuckoo Production Circle.

Find out more about joining the Circle

Post-show Talk Tue 18 July

A Q&A with writer Michael Wynne. This event is free with a ticket to that evening’s performance.

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'Laugh-out-loud one-liners keep the audience mesmerised throughout'

London Theatre 1

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'Vicky Featherstone’s production is hilarious... put your mobile on silent and see it'

The Observer

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'It’s the perfect, bittersweet snapshot of our age'

The i

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'The family dynamic is wonderfully enchanting, the bittersweet chemistry palpable from the outset thanks to subtle but towering performances'

Broadway World

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'Under the direction of Vicky Featherstone, this Cuckoo sings'

Culture Whisper

★ ★ ★ ★

'An amusing and adept study on present British society... clever and compelling'

West End Best Friend

★ ★ ★ ★

'Alarming, surprising and highly entertaining'

London Theatre

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Jerwood Theatre Downstairs

Mon – Sat: 7.30pm (except 12 Jul, 7pm)   

Thu & Sat matinees: 2.30pm

Age recommendation: 14+

Running time: 2 hours, including an interval. No re-entry during the performance.

This show contains strong language.

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If you are a wheelchair user, please contact the Box Office who can assist you in booking the best tickets. Find out more about access tickets and seating.

Captioned:  Wed 2 Aug, 7.30pm, Thu 3 Aug & Sat 12 Aug, 2.30pm

Audio Described: Sat 12 Aug, 2.30pm (Touch tour at 1pm)

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Relaxed Environment: Sat 12 Aug, 2.30pm

BSL-interpreted: Sat 19 Aug, 2.30pm

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Photography by Rich Southgate
Retouch by Madison Coby
Art direction by Louise Richardson


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