Instructions for Correct Assembly

By Thomas Eccleshare

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Sat 07 Apr - Sat 19 May 2018

“Maybe turn down the ‘opinionated’ dial?”

Harry (Mark Bonnar) and Max (Jane Horrocks) weren’t satisfied with their first attempt at parenthood, so they’re giving it a second go.

Only this time they’ve got a 30-day money back guarantee and an easy-to-follow construction manual.

They’re certain, as long as they follow it step-by-step, he’s going to be perfect.

“This might be a little more complicated than the bed but still, I’m sure it’s the kind of thing we can crack on our own.”

Writer Thomas Eccleshare makes his Royal Court debut with this production directed by Royal Court Associate Director Hamish Pirie.

Hamish Pirie’s previous work at the Royal Court includes: Goats, Violence & Son, Who Cares, Teh Internet is Serious Business.

Thomas Eccleshare in Conversation
Tue 17 Apr evening, post-show
Writer Thomas Eccleshare in conversation with Royal Court Young Agitators. The event is free with a ticket to that evening’s performance.

Royal Court Playwright in Conversation
Thu 3 May, 6.15pm
Samuel French Bookshop at the Royal Court Theatre
Writer Thomas Eccleshare will be in conversation with Doug Schatz (Managing Director, Samuel French) followed by a Q&A and book signing. Free entry.

★ ★ ★ ★

“Dazzlingly assured, funny and perturbing... Assemble at once to see it"

The Telegraph | Dominic Cavendish Read full review

★ ★ ★ ★

“Thomas Eccleshare’s new play about parenthood is deftly done, funny and, at times, almost unbearably poignant”

The Times | Ann Treneman Read full review

“Sharply funny and ingeniously staged... Bonnar and Horrocks are excellent”

The Guardian | Michael Billington

★ ★ ★ ★

“Playful, provocative look at perfection”

Evening Standard | Fiona Mountford Read full review

“Super slick and beautifully acted”

Metro | Claire Allfree

“Michele Austin and Jason Barnett are laugh-out-loud funny”

Time Out | Andrzej Lukowski

★ ★ ★ ★

“Eccleshare and Hamish Pirie’s stunningly realised production occupies a singular and unique space”

The Upcoming | Connor Campbell Read full review

“The play’s astringent wit and wry, skewed perspective are enormously diverting, and excellently served by Hamish Pirie’s ingenious production”

The Stage | Sam Marlowe

★ ★ ★ ★

“Vernel juggles the two roles with notable flourish… There’s strong support too from Shaniqua Okwok”

Evening Standard | Fiona Mountford

“Smart and entertaining, confirming Thomas Eccleshare as a writer to watch"

British Theatre | Mark Ludmon

“Dyfan’s design is meticulous, and the performances are excellent”

Exeunt | Rosemary Waugh

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Jerwood Theatre Downstairs

Mon – Sat: 7.30pm (except 13 Apr 7pm)
Thu & Sat mats: 2.30pm (from 19 Apr)

Captioned: Tue 8 May 7.30pm
Audio Described: Sat 28 Apr 2.30pm (Touch tour 1pm)
Relaxed Performance: Mon 30 Apr 7.30pm

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

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Age Guidance: 14+


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