By Jim Cartwright

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Fri 21 Jul - Sat 09 Sep 2017

“I feel like England’s forcing the brain out me head.”

A Road, a wild night, a drunken tour guide, a journey to the gutter and the stars and back.

“Why’s the world so tough? It’s like walking through meat in high heels.”

Jim Cartwright’s seminal play gives expression to the inhabitants of an unnamed northern road in Eighties Britain.

Road is coming round us.”

Royal Court Associate Director John Tiffany directs this new production, thirty years after it was originally staged at the Royal Court.

Designed by Royal Court Associate Designer Chloe Lamford with lighting by Lee Curran, sound by Gareth Fry and movement by Jonathan Watkins.

There will be a relaxed performance on Sat 26 Aug 2.30pm, aimed at anyone aged 14+ who would benefit from a relaxed theatre going experience.
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“couldn’t be more relevant or rousing”

Michael Billington | The Guardian Read full review

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“There are many moments of wild, cartwheeling beauty.”

Claire Allfree | The Daily Telegraph Read full review

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“Cartwright’s vivid language, with its ugly-beautiful poetry, its rage and compassion, still grabs you by the throat and squeezes, hard.”

Sam Marlowe | The Times

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“a tough, sinewy production, full of the rude vitality, rough poetry and devastating loneliness of Cartwright's wild writing.”

Andrzej Lukowski | Time Out Read full review

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“The Royal Court's revival of Jim Cartwright's protest play about the working class is as relevant as ever 30 years later.”

Paul Taylor | The Independent Read full review

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"Tiffany raises people up and gives them a platform."

Matt Trueman | WhatsOnStage Read full review

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“Its strength, its bleak beauty, is that it concerns itself with people rather than issues.”

Ian Shuttleworth | Financial Times

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“John Tiffany delivers rage and vaudeville in a bravura revival of Jim Cartwright’s Road.”

Susannah Clapp | The Observer Read full review

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“The characters’ aching hearts break one’s own”

Georgina Brown | Mail On Sunday Read full review

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“Tiffany’s production takes its time to squeeze your heart, but then it squeezes hard.”

David Jays | The Sunday Times

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“John Tiffany’s production is a joy, with wonderful moments coming thick and fast.”

Mary Conway | Morning Star

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“as viscerally affecting an experience as anyone could wish”

Matt Wolf | The Arts Desk Read full review

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Jerwood Theatre Downstairs

Mon – Sat: 7.30pm
Thu & Sat mats: 2.30pm
Captioned: Tue 22 Aug
Relaxed (matinee): Sat 26 Aug
Audio Described (matinee): Sat 2 Sep
Running time: approx 2 hours 30 mins with an interval
Age guidance: 14+


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