Shoe Lady


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Wed 04 Mar - Sat 21 Mar 2020

Important information: We are in unprecedented times and have taken the difficult decision to cancel the remaining performances of Shoe Lady. We will be in touch with all bookers over the next 48 hours. More info 


“How can I leave with the bed unmade and
The curtains lopsided.
What kind of person does that make me?
A mess.
A chaotic…
Not fit for work.
Not fit to be a mother.”

Viv has lost a shoe. They’re her work shoes, her weekend shoes, her only pair of shoes, and she doesn’t know what to do.

The curtains are falling, her foot is bleeding, and she’s starting to feel a little overwhelmed.
But all will be well in the world once she finds that missing shoe.

“It’s incredibly hard isn’t it. To stay afloat.
It’s incredibly hard not to sink to the bottom.”

E.V. Crowe returns to the Royal Court where her previous plays include The Sewing Group, Hero and Kin. She is a graduate of the Royal Court Young Writers Programme. Royal Court Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone directs.

The Big Idea: Post-Show Talk | Tue 10 Mar
An in conversation event with writer E.V. Crowe and director Vicky Featherstone . This event is free with a ticket to that evening’s performance.

★ ★ ★ ★

"Katherine Parkinson is brilliant in this sickeningly compelling play"

The Independent | Ava Wong Davies Read full review

"Katherine Parkinson is a delight as Viv, a harried working mother"

The Guardian | Arifa Akbar

"Shoe Lady is fascinating for the way it takes the Royal Court’s huge stage and uses it to tell a tiny, domestic story"

Time Out | Alice Saville

"Shoe Lady makes its mordant point memorably and ingeniously"

The Times | Dominic Maxwell

"A powerful account of female middle-class anxieties in Britain today"

The Arts Desk | Aleks Sierz

"Katherine Parkinson has tragi-comic down to a fine art"

WhatsOnStage | Alex Wood

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Jerwood Theatre Downstairs

Mon – Sat: 7.30pm (except 9 Mar 7pm)

Thu & Sat mats: 2.30pm (from 12 Mar)

Captioned: Wed 18 Mar 7.30pm

Audio Described: Sat 21 Mar 2.30pm, touch tour 1pm

Running time: 65 minutes with no interval

No readmission and no re-entry

The Bar & Kitchen lift is unfortunately out of service and we are unable to offer step free access to this area. We have reserved our level access restaurant tables adjacent to the Stalls auditorium for anyone who may wish to use them.

Our engineers are doing everything they can to source a replacement part to fix the lift as soon as possible.

If you would like us to reserve a level access table for your visit, please contact [email protected] on 0207 565 5000 and we can book this for you.

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