by Lucy Kirkwood

Maryland Top / Details
Thu 07 Oct - Sat 23 Oct More Info

Script-in-hand performances of a new play by Lucy Kirkwood, co-directed by Royal Court Theatre Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone and Royal Court Associate Directors Milli Bhatia and Lucy Morrison.

Monday tickets will go on sale online at 9am on the day of the performance. Find out more about Monday tickets here.

We are keeping our ticket prices low for these readings and would encourage you to make a donation to the charity Rape Crisis England & Wales here alongside buying your tickets if you are able to.

The Maryland performance script will be offered for free for any theatre company or drama training organisation in the UK who is interested to stage their own script-in-hand reading over the next six weeks. Please email to find out more.

For those that are unable to attend the performances of Maryland at the Royal Court we have made the script available to read for free.

About Maryland:

This play was for many years a private conversation with myself. The horrific murders of Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa this year have galvanised me into making it public. I hesitate to even call it a play when it is simply a howl, a way of expressing what I feel about a culture of violence against women, but I am sharing it because I wonder if it might express a little of what other people feel about it too. It was written very quickly, and I am grateful to the Royal Court for snatching up a gauntlet thrown down last Friday night with such energy, care and seriousness.“ – Playwright Lucy Kirkwood

Sometimes you dont know what you need until it arrives like a bolt from the blue and things are turned upside down. This is what happened to us at the Royal Court when Lucy Kirkwoods play Maryland arrived in our inboxes on Friday night. Since then we have all stepped up to her extraordinary rallying cry and are able to give her voice our space in search of some kind of understanding, howl, communal event in light of the horrific actions still being committed against all women and victims of gendered violence.

We all live in the same world, hear the same news, share the same existential fears and longings. Some people specialise in tending to our health, and some people tend to our roads and buildings, and some people tend to the food we eat and some people teach us to read and write and some people move important things from a to b. And then there are some other people who sit in the same world as us but with their pattern of words and ideas show that world back to us in a way which momentarily stops us feeling so alone, so fearful, so lost. There is order. There is hope. This is what this tiny enormous play does. This is what the Royal Court is for. This is what art is for.
We are so proud to be stepping up. We are devastated we still have to.” – Vicky Featherstone


Jerwood Theatre Upstairs

Mon – Sat: 7.45pm
Running time: 30 mins
Captioned: 14 Oct & 22 Oct at 7.45pm

Tickets: £5

As we’d usually charge £12 for each ticket, but are charging £5 we’d ask you to donate the £7 difference to Rape Crisis England & Wales charity here if you are able to.

Rape Crisis England & Wales is the umbrella organisation for a network of independent Rape Crisis Centres who provide a range of specialist services for women and girls that have been raped or experienced any form of sexual violence – whether as adults or as children. Find out more here


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Mon 18 Oct 7.45pm

Monday tickets will go on sale online at 9am on the day of the performance

Tue 19 Oct 7.45pm

Wed 20 Oct 7.45pm

Thu 21 Oct 7.45pm

Fri 22 Oct 7.45pm

This performance will be captioned

Sat 23 Oct 7.45pm