About the show
John Tiffany directs the revival of Jim Cartwright’s seminal play Road at the Royal Court.
The Royal Court premiered Jim Cartwright’s Road in 1986. After 30 years, the drama returns. Back in 1986, the piece was such a hit the Royal Court transferred it from the smaller Upstairs space to the larger Downstairs space due to popular demand. We imagine it’s going to be no less in demand in July 2017.
Road follows the inhabitants of an unnamed road in 1980s Lancashire. Cartwright’s play contains a lot of humour, but the overriding message is clear: life is damned hard for people living in poverty. The Royal Court’s choice of reviving it now (and they very rarely revive anything) is significant. This is a timely play for a new era of government cuts and the north-south divide.
Game Of Thrones star Michelle Fairley leads the cast of Road. Mark Hadfield, Lemn Sissay and Liz White join her in the production. Faye Marsay, Mike Noble, Dan Parr, June Watson and also Shane Zaza complete the cast.
John Tiffany directs this new production of the now-famous play. The acclaimed director is the man who brought mega-hit Harry Potter And The Cursed Child. He also recently directed a fantastic production of Tennessee Williams’s The Glass Menagerie, performed at the Duke of York’s Theatre. Tiffany also directed the acclaimed productions Black Watch, Let The Right One In and award-winning musical Once.
Playwright Cartwright was born in 1958. His works include The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice, a 1992 comedy originally directed by Sam Mendes. Because of the success of Road, his debut play, director Alan Clarke turned it into an award-winning film.
Suitable for audience members aged 14 and over.
Road runs at the Royal Court from 21 July – 9 September 2017.
Map & Location
The Royal Court Theatre & Jerwood Theatre
Sloane SquareChelseaSW1W 8AS