One For Sorrow
“You’ve endangered us. You’ve endangered your family.”
During an attack on London, 20 year old Imogen joins a campaign offering refuge to victims. Before her family have even had a chance to have a reasonable discussion, John is at their door.
He is different to them. He isn’t what they expected. And although they’d never admit it to themselves, he isn’t necessarily what they want.
“You will do anything, in the end, to keep the people you love safe.”
Cordelia Lynn received the 2017 Pinter Commission and returns to the Royal Court after making her debut here in 2015 with Lela & Co.
James Macdonald’s previous work for the Royal Court includes The Children (and New York), Escaped Alone (and New York), and The Wolf From The Door.
Cordelia Lynn in Conversation
Tue 3 Jul evening, post-show
Writer Cordelia Lynn in conversation with Royal Court Young Agitators. The event is free with a ticket to that evening’s performance.
Theatre Club: One For Sorrow
Thu 19 Jul 8pm (free but ticketed)
Theatre Club works like a book group: see the show in your own time, then come and discuss what you thought with other audience members over drinks. Co-hosted by Maddy Costa and Rhiannon Armstrong.
Insight Workshop: One For Sorrow
Led by One For Sorrow writer Cordelia Lynn, this is a unique opportunity to experience her work first hand. Cordelia received the 2017 Pinter Commission and made her Royal Court debut in 2015
with Lela & Co. Free but booking required. Limited to one ticket per person.
Young Court Friends* ages 19-25 | Fri 29 Jun, 6pm-7.30pm
Ages 26+ | Tue 3 Jul, 6pm-7.30pm
Young Court Friends* ages 14-18 | Mon 16 Jul, 6pm-7.30pm
*To book you will need to be a Young Court Friend & sign in to your online account. To join the Young Court Friends scheme for free, click here.
“A pin-sharp analysis of a stark generational divide."
WhatsOnStage | Matt Trueman Read full review
"Cordelia Lynn’s play cleverly challenges a range of liberal assumptions."
Financial Times | Ian Shuttleworth Read full review
“A riveting, quicksilver thriller.”
The Stage | Sam Marlowe Read full review
"Lynn’s script is pensive and engrossing...she is surely a playwright destined for great things."
The Upcoming | Laura Foulger Read full review
"I felt I was in the presence of a real dramatist."
Guardian | Michael Billington
"The cast are superb."
Time Out | Holly Williams
"As a satire on middle-class life, the play is frequently laugh-out-loud funny."
The Arts Desk | Aleks Sierz
"An incisive look at the state of middle-class Britain today."
British Theatre Guide | Philip Fisher
"With Pinteresque precision, Lynn and director James Macdonald chronicle subtly shifting dynamics that transform the home from a safe space to a space of danger."
Exeunt | Hannah Greenstreet
Jerwood Theatre Upstairs
Mon – Sat: 7.45pm (except 26 Jun 7pm)
Thu & Sat mats: 3pm (from 28 Jun)
Captioned: Sat 28 Jul 3pm
Running time: approx. 2 hrs 20 mins (inc. a 15 minute interval)
Trigger warnings for productions
Age Guidance: 14+
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