nuclear war

By Simon Stephens

Directed by Imogen Knight

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Wed 19 Apr - Sat 06 May 2017

£12 Monday tickets are available for 24 April  7.45pm &9.15pm performances. For more info on our Monday tickets click here

“I want, one more time, to be absolutely in the moment.”

A series of suggestions on desire, death and time.

“I am going to try as hard as I can to not be a human being.”

Royal Court Associate Simon Stephens (Birdland, Wastwater, Herons, Motortown) collaborates with Imogen Knight who directs. Her previous work for the Royal Court as movement director includes: Linda, God Bless the Child, and Pests.

Nuclear War is a play created with a highly visual and physical language and has been written by Simon Stephens with the intention that the words be interpreted and re-imagined through a highly theatrical and choreographic lens. As he states in the play text ‘All of these words may be spoken by the performers but none of them need to be.’

Imogen Knight in Conversation
Thu 27 Apr, post-show
Director Imogen Knight talks with Royal Court Associate Director Lucy Morrison

Simon Stephens in Conversation
Thu 4 May, post-show
Writer Simon Stephens talks with Royal Court Associate Director Lucy Morrison

Big Idea events are free with a ticket to that evening’s performance

The text for Nuclear War was developed with Actors Touring Company.

‘A poeticised and physicalized cry of sadness and desperation… powerfully effective.'

Dominic Cavendish | The Daily Telegraph

'This is an intriguing, compelling experiment in expressing both ideas and experiences that stretch beyond words.’

Sarah Hemming | Financial Times

'Together Stephens and Knight capture something of what it is to be a body in a city of seven million bodies.'

Matt Trueman | WhatsOnStage

'A tantalising experiment with theatre and movement.’

Henry Hitchings | Evening Standard

'A play full of haunting moments that works on your emotions rather than on your reason.'

Aleks Sierz | The Arts Desk

'An intriguing and atmospheric… fusion of text and movement’

Natasha Tripney | The Stage

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Mon – Sat: 7.45pm
Thu & Sat mats: 3pm
Plus 9.15pm on 22, 24, 25, 26, 28 Apr & 2, 3, 5 May

Running time: 45mins
Age guidance: 14+
Trigger warnings for productions


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