The critically-acclaimed play returns for three weeks prior to a New York transfer and UK tour

Escaped Alone

by Caryl Churchill

'Magnificent' The Observer

Escaped Alone Top / Details / Extras / The Company
Wed 25 Jan - Sat 11 Feb 2017

Following its premiere earlier this year, Caryl Churchill’s critically-acclaimed play returns for a short run before going on tour.

I’m walking down the street and there’s a door in the fence open and inside there are three women I’ve seen before.

Three old friends and a neighbour. A summer of afternoons in the back yard. Tea and catastrophe.

Directed by James Macdonald, design by Miriam Buether, lighting by Peter Mumford and sound by Christopher Shutt.

Age guidance 14+
Running time: 50 minutes
Contains pulsating lights.

The Big Idea:
the cast will be in conversation with Royal Court Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone post-show on Wednesday 8 February (captioned performance). Free with a ticket to that evening’s performance.

Insight Workshops are available for schools attending this production.


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'Caryl Churchill’s magnificent new play unleashes an intricate, elliptical, acutely female view of the apocalypse.

The Observer | Susannah Clapp Read full review

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'It’s hard to imagine you’ll come across a more brilliant play this year.'

Time Out | Andrzej Lukowski

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'Linda Bassett, Kika Markham, June Watson and Deborah Findlay deliver pitch-perfect performances.

This is Churchill at her best.'

The Guardian | Michael Billington

★ ★ ★ ★

'It packs a formidable charge.'

Financial Times | Ian Shuttleworth

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'Caryl Churchill is a phenomenon. She remains not only prolific but also immensely inventive.'

The Arts Desk | Aleks Sierz

★ ★ ★ ★

'James Macdonald directs with his usual alertness, as the trivial keeps giving way to the consequential, and small mercies to huge terrors.'

The Sunday Times | Maxie Szalwinska

'Escaped Alone is magnificent. It has all the qualities that mark [Caryl Churchill] as the greatest living playwright- it’s funny, it’s complicated, and it’s sinister.'

The Huffington Post | Jessie Thompson

★ ★ ★ ★

'Her funniest play to date.'

What’s On Stage | Michael Coveney

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Mon – Sat: 7.30pm
Thu & Sat mats: 3.30pm

Running time: 50 minutes
Age guidance: 14+

Contains pulsating lights


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