Girls & Boys

By Dennis Kelly

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Thu 08 Feb - Sat 17 Mar 2018

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“I met my husband in the queue to board an easyJet flight and I have to say I took an instant dislike to the man.”

An unexpected meeting at an airport leads to an intense, passionate, head-over-heels relationship. Before long they begin to settle down, buy a house, juggle careers, have kids – theirs is an ordinary family. But then their world starts to unravel and things take a disturbing turn.

“I don’t remember exactly when things with us started to go properly wrong – I just remember suddenly finding myself in it.”

Girls & Boys marks the first collaboration between writer Dennis Kelly and director Lyndsey Turner.

Big Idea: Dennis Kelly in Conversation
Wed 7 Mar, post-show
Writer Dennis Kelly in conversation with the Royal Court Young Agitators. This event is free with a ticket to the evening’s performance. Both the performance and the post-show talk will be captioned.

Dennis Kelly’s previous work includes The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas at the Royal Court as well as the multi-award winning RSC production of Matilda the Musical. On television, he wrote Pulling on BBC 3 and most recently the six part original drama Utopiaon Channel 4.

Lyndsey Turner’s previous work includes Posh at the Royal Court and West End, Hamlet at the Barbican and Chimerica at the Almeida.

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“Mulligan is a phenomenal talent, here’s the proof. She proves a born storyteller”

The Telegraph | Dominic Cavendish Read full review

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“Carey Mulligan is extraordinary in Dennis Kelly’s gripping new play”

The Observer | Susannah Clapps Read full review

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"Brave, mesmerising Carey is a one-woman wonder"

Metro | John Nathan

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“A piece that takes us on an extraordinary journey… The energy and the vividness of the writing never lets up”

The Independent | Paul Taylor Read full review

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“Carey Mulligan’s transfixing performance makes the audience hold its breath”

Evening Standard | Henry Hitchings Read full review

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“Lyndsey Turner’s production is a knock-out"

Time Out | Alice Saville Read full review

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“Uncomfortable, unsettling Carey Mulligan delivers Dennis Kelly’s monologue with brazing intensity... It’s a piece that nags away at you after you have left the theatre”

Financial Times | Sarah Hemming Read full review

“Shattering… it’s a gut-wrenching piece”

The Guardian | Michael Billington

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“This is the most moving play that I’ve seen for years: what does new writing perfection look like? It looks like this!”

The Arts Desk | Aleks Sierz Read full review

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“Girls & Boys achieves what the best plays do: the ability to send its audience with fathoms, acres to ponder on”

The Upcoming | Laura Foulger Read full review

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“Impossible to look away. It’s one of the acting achievements of the year so far”

London Theatre | Mark Shenton Read full review

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“Impeccably constructed theatre that feels almost unbearably real”

Broadway World | Marianka Swain Read full review

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“An extraordinary performance… Perfect in pace and pitch”

WhatsOnStage | Sarah Crompton Read full review

“Mulligan’s performance is as close to perfect as anyone could hope for”

British Theatre Guide | Philip Fisher Read full review

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Jerwood Theatre Downstairs

Mon – Sat: 8pm (except 14 & 15 Feb 7pm)
Sat mats: 2.30pm (from 17 Feb)
Captioned: Wed 7 Mar 8pm
Audio Described: Sat 10 Mar 2.30pm

Running time: 1hr 30mins (approx.)

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