The lowercased, ellipsis-ed play the end of history… premieres at the Royal Court's Jerwood Theatre downstairs as part of vibrant 2019 programme of new plays. If this show is anything like Thorne and Tiffany's previous collaborations, it's likely to be a highlight of the season.
the end of history… transports us to 1997 Newbury where preparation is underway for a family meal to celebrate all the children being back home at the same time, having long since flown the nest.
Carl the eldest is introducing his girlfriend. Middle child Polly has travelled down from Cambridge University specially for the occasion. And youngest brother Tom is due to be out of detention just in time for dinner.
Their parents Sal and David are more interest in imparting left wing ideals than in preparing impressive food. Having named all the children after socialist heroes, they have high hopes – yet they don't want to be judgmental parents.
With BAFTA-winning TV shows This Is England '90 and National Treasure, along with a string of hit plays, Jack Thorne has a flair for character-driven comedy and gut-wrenching drama. And director John Tiffany has a track record of atmospheric productions, from the topsy turvy chaos of Roald Dahl's The Twits to the enchantments of Harry Potter on stage.
We're intrigued to see what the inventive writer/director duo do with this seemingly simple domestic drama.
Tickets for the end of history... at the Royal Court go on sale at noon on Tuesay 30 October
|What||the end of history..., Royal Court Theatre 2019|
|Where||Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, London, SW1W 8AS | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Sloane Square (underground)|
27 Jun 19 – 10 Aug 19, Evening performances Monday-Saturday, 2.30pm matinees Thursdays & Saturdays
|Price||£12 - £49|
|Website||Click here for more information|