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The Children

Fri 10 — Sat 25 Mar

Running Time (INCLUDING ANY INTERVALS): 1 hour 40 minutes


A Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds Production.


Retired people are like nuclear power stations. We like to live by the sea.

Two retired nuclear scientists reside in an isolated cottage by the sea as the world around them slowly crumbles. Together they are going to live forever on yogurt and yoga, until an old friend arrives with a frightening request.

Hailed as one of the top 3 plays in The Guardian’s recent ‘Best Theatre shows of the 21st Century’, The Children premiered at London’s Royal Court Theatre in 2016 and then transferred to Broadway where it was nominated for Best Play at both the Tony Awards and the Outer Critics Circle, and is now staged by Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds as part of our commitment to presenting the best plays of the last 10 years.

Lucy Kirkwood’s previous plays also include Chimerica (winner of the Olivier Award for Best Play, the Evening Standard Award, and the Critics’ Circle Best New Play Award).

Age Guidance: 14+ as the play contains strong swear words and sexual references.  This is for guidance only and parents wishing to attend with children below 14 are welcome.



We are delighted to announce that joining the cast of our in-house production of The Children will be Imogen Stubbs!

Imogen will play Rose, a retired nuclear scientist who challenges old friends, Hazel and Robin, to consider what impact their past actions will have on the world. This is a play that impresses with its capacity to raise big issues; in particular how people in the future will react to the poisoned legacy of the present. A play about social responsibility and whether having children sharpens, or diminishes that.

Imogen is one of our country’s most celebrated actors. Audiences will know her work from both stage and screen. The Children is a powerful play and it needs great actors to play these parts; we were delighted when Imogen accepted the role. We are a relatively small theatre so our audiences are in for a real treat, getting to witness powerhouse performances up close.

Owen Calvert-Lyons, Artistic Director


Access Performances:

Captioned Performance – Wed 22 Mar, 7.30pm

Audio Described Performance – Thu 23 Mar, 7.30pm

Touch Tour – Thu 23 Mar, 6.30pm

Cast & Crew



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