The Children

The acclaimed Royal Court Theatre production of Lucy Kirkwood's The Children makes the trip over the pond for an American premiere, courtesy of the Manhattan Theatre Club. The original London stars - BAFTA Award winner Francesca Annis, Olivier Award nominee Ron Cook, and Olivier Award winner Deborah Findlay - are all reprising their respective roles in New York at Broadway's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.

Expertly acted with unassuming naturalism, the trio of actors tell a story that gradually unfolds to reveal that the stakes could not be any higher. The banal setting of a room inside a British cottage, courtesy of Miriam Buether's bleakly realistic design, juxtaposes with the chaos of "exlcusion zones," contamination and radiation we learn is ensuing in the outside world. Playwright Lucy Kirkwood's slow-burning and captivating drama drip-feeds us the details about the disastrous events that have led to our three protagonists' current predicament and keeps us guessing about their shared histories and the reason for their sudden reunion. Kirkwood lowers our defenses by her naturalistic style of dialogue and awkwardly played small-talk until she finally reveals her hand, consuming us in the gravity of the situation and the decision these characters must make.

In our current climate where political leaders attempt to devalue climate change, The Children could not have picked a more appropriate time to land on Broadway. With a sense of foreboding, the play highlights the sins of our generation by using the microcosm of one British nuclear power station and poses the question if we - the guilty party - should be forced to sacrifice ourselves for the good of innocent, future generations.       

The Children marks the Broadway debut for playwright Lucy Kirkwood.

(Photos by Joan Marcus)

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Running time: 
1hr 50mins (no intermission)
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About The Children:

In a remote cottage on the lonely British coast, a couple of retired nuclear engineers are living a very quiet life. Outside, the world is in utter chaos following a devastating series of events. When an old friend turns up at their door, they're shocked to discover the real reason for her visit.

Lucy Kirkwood
Manhattan Theatre Club in association with Royal Court Theatre
James Macdonald
Peter Mumford
Max Pappenheim
Miriam Buether
Miriam Buether
Cast list:
Francesca Annis (as Rose), Ron Cook (as Robin), and Deborah Findlay (as Hazel)
The Children Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
November 28, 2017
Opening date: 
December 12, 2017
February 4, 2018

Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change.

Samuel J. Friedman Theatre - Manhattan Theatre Club

261 West 47th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue), New York, NY 10036
Nearest subway station:
49th Street or 50th Street stations

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Francesca Annis, Ron Cook & Deborah Findlay
Interview with Francesca Annis, Ron Cook and Deborah Findlay of The Children
December 14, 2017

Thanks to the Manhattan Theatre Club, Oliver Award-winning playwright Lucy Kirkwood's oh-so-timely drama The Children is making quite the waves at Broadway's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.

The Children
NYTG at the Broadway Opening of The Children
December 13, 2017

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Our The Children Review

Ahh. The Children. A many layered title that covers an entire planet when you think about it, and Lucy Kirkwood wants us to think about it. Somewhere in England, we never find out where we are exactly, something has gone very wrong. Very wrong indeed.