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This show closed on August 10, 2019

About the end of history...

“No talent at all when it comes to cooking – as you will discover – but when it comes to pissing off my children – immense talent – Olympian talent.”

Newbury, 1997. Sal is attempting to cook dinner for the family. She and husband David have pulled off a coup and gathered their brood back home for the weekend. Eldest son Carl is bringing his new girlfriend to meet everyone for the first time; middle daughter Polly is back from Cambridge University for the occasion; and youngest Tom will hopefully make it out of detention in time for dinner.

Sal and David would rather feed their kids with leftist ideals and welfarism than fancy cuisine. When you’ve named each of your offspring after your socialist heroes, you’ve given them a lot to live up to…

“When I was your age I wanted to be in a band and sleep with Mick Jagger – and Jimi Hendrix – so who am I to judge the choices you’ve made so far?”

Writer Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany’s previous collaborations at the Royal Court include Hope and Let the Right One In. Other collaborations include: Harry Potter & the Cursed Child (West End/Broadway). Jack’s other credits include: A Christmas Carol (Old Vic); National Treasure, This Is England ’90 (both earning a BAFTA for Best Mini-Series), Kiri, and The Virtues with Shane Meadows. Royal Court Associate Director John’s other work at the Royal Court includes: Road, The Twits, The Pass.

Run Time

1hr 50mins (no interval)

Start Date

End Date

Lesley Sharp is painfully funny in this clever, intriguing production
Independent
Avowedly personal, always interesting and beautifully staged by John Tiffany
The Guardian
A ridiculously good cast
Time Out

Royal Court

Sloane Square, London, SW1W 8AS

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