What If If Only

A new short play by Caryl Churchill

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Wed 29 Sep - Sat 23 Oct 2021

“Make me happen” 

Your partner’s died, could things have been different? 

Caryl Churchill’s recent work includes Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp and Escaped Alone. Many of her plays which first premiered at the Royal Court are now considered modern classics including Top Girls, A Number and Far Away. James Macdonald directs. 


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'Play and production are simultaneously a taut distillation and a gripping realisation of a giddying idea that resonates long after the curtain falls.'

David Benedict, The Stage Read full review

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'Caryl Churchill’s new play is so fully charged that it reaches further than most four-acters'

Susannah Clapp, The Observer Read full review

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'There is nobody like Caryl Churchill and it’s hard to think of any writer in history so completely on top of their game at her age. It’s just 20 minutes, but it contains whole worlds.'

Andrzej Lukowski, Time Out Read full review

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'James Macdonald’s precise, sensitive production draws you in and holds you fast. It’s a nugget of supremely accomplished theatre.'

Sam Marlowe, The i Paper Read full review

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'Small but beautifully formed is the best description I can think of for Caryl Churchill’s audacious theatrical miniature.'

Nick Curtis, Evening Standard Read full review

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'Short and sharp, with shades of Scrooge'

Mark Lawson, The Guardian Read full review

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'Trust Caryl Churchill to pack more meaty matter into 20 minutes than most playwrights manage in two hours.'

Sarah Crompton, WhatsOnStage Read full review

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'Churchill’s script packs many an emotional punch, traumatic and claustrophobic while laugh-out-loud funny'

Isobel Lewis, The Independent Read full review

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'Sharp as a diamond, it reminds us that Churchill, now 83, remains a unique voice.'

Sarah Hemming, Financial Times Read full review

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Jerwood Theatre Downstairs

Mon – Sat: 6pm
Plus Fri 8, 15 & 22 Oct at 10pm

Running time: 20 minutes

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Access Performances

Captioned: Wed 13 & 20 Oct at 6pm

Audio Described: Sat 23 Oct at 6pm

Audio described pre-show notes for What If If Only by VocalEyes.

Relaxed Environment: Sat 16 Oct at 6pm

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