Bluets Tickets

Bluets Tickets

Ben Whishaw, Emma D’Arcy and Kayla Meikle star in this unmissable play.
Bluets: What to expect - 1
Bluets Tickets

About Bluets

Bluets, the beloved poetry and prose hybrid book by Maggie Nelson exploring desire, loss, and the enduring love for the colour blue, is coming to the West End in an exciting first-person narrator play. Book Bluets tickets on TodayTix.

See Paddington star Ben Whishaw return to the stage for the first time since the pandemic alongside the expert cast of Emma D'Arcy, best known for playing Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen in the hit show House of the Dragon, and Kayla Meikle, who starred in the title role in Marys Seacole at the Donmar Warehouse.

"This production of Bluets combines some of my all-time favourite artists with my all-time favourite colour,” D'arcy said in a statement. “I'm a huge fan of Maggie Nelson. If anyone can translate her work to the stage, it's Katie Mitchell and Margaret Perry. And I'm delighted to be a part of David Byrne's first season at The Court! What an adventure."

Access Performances
Captioned performance - Friday 28th June 7.30pm & Saturday 29th June 1.30pm
Audio Described performance - Saturday 29th June 1.30pm (Tour Tour 12pm)

Run time

1hr 20min. No interval.

Start date

17th May, 2024

End date

29th June, 2024



Ages 14+.

Stars on stage

Ben Whishaw

Ben Whishaw


Sloane Square, London, United Kingdom, SW1W 8AS


Location: Off-West End
Railway station: Sloane Square
Bus numbers: (Sloane Square Station Stop D) 19, 22, 137, 452

More information about Bluets

Bluets was first developed at Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg in 2019, where multi-award-winning director Katie Mitchell was at the helm. Now, in the show's West End debut, Mitchell is once again staging the show.

The play is performing at the Royal Court Theatre and is one of nine shows in the theatre's 2024 season under the new leadership of artistic director David Byrne.

"The Royal Court is a theatre I always feel excited to enter. I'm so thrilled to have this chance to perform there again with two performers Emma D'Arcy and Kayla Meikle I find just extraordinary," Whishaw said.

Bluets in London explores the narrator's enduring love for the colour blue and the feelings and moods associated with it. Through the play, join the narrator on a journey through heartbreak, depression, and longing. The show balances lighthearted scenes with heartwarming ones and shows the narrator drawing inspiration from artists like Joni Mitchell, Andy Warhol, and Billie Holiday.

What to watch for

  • Bluets has been adapted for the stage by Margaret Perry, who has written work for both stage and screen. Her play Collapsible won the VAULT Festival Origin Award for Outstanding New Work and the Fishamble New Writing Award.
  • The stripped-back set allows the actor’s incredible talents to be the audience's primary focus.
  • The Bluets book had numerous rave reviews, including from Sophie Mackintosh in the Guardian, calling Bluets “the book that changed my life.” She wrote, “I like work that plays with genre. Is Bluets poetry, memoir, essay? Who knows – it’s just brilliant.”
  • The 2019 run of the Bluets play in Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg was in German; this West End show is the English debut of the play.

Frequently asked questions

What is Bluets about?

Maggie Nelson’s book Bluets has been transformed for the stage in a heartwarming new play that explores heartbreak, depression, and the enduring love for the colour blue.

How do you get tickets for Bluets?

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Which theatre is Bluets at?

Bluets is at London's Royal Court.

What is the age recommendation for Bluets?

Ages 14+.

What is the running time of Bluets?

Bluets runs for 1hr 20min. No interval.

Who wrote Bluets?

Maggie Nelson wrote the book, which Margaret Perry adapted into the play.

Who directed Bluets?

Katie Mitchell directs Bluets.

Is Bluets appropriate for kids?

This play explores some adult themes including depression and heartbreak that young children may not understand.

Is Bluets good?

Bluets is a fantastic and unique show. While the play is new to the West End, the story of Bluets has been a hit since the book came out in 2009. One review from Time Out called the book “An arty, smart and gorgeous meditation on the color blue.” Prepare for a show that is an acting masterclass filled with heart-touching moments.

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