David Morrissey and Lesley Sharp will play husband and wife in the world premiere of Jack Thorne’s new play the end of history…, directed by Royal Court Theatre associate director John Tiffany. Zoe Boyle, Laurie Davidson and Sam Swainsbury have also been cast in the production which runs in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs from 27 June 2019 to 10 August (press night is on 3 July).
Newbury, 1997. Sal is attempting a 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?”
The production has design by Grace Smart, lighting by Jack Knowles and sound by Tom Gibbons.
Zoe Boyle For the Royal Court: No Quarter. Other theatre includes: Present Laughter (Theatre Royal, Bath/Tour); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Leeds Playhouse); Six Degree of Separation (Old Vic); King Lear, The Seagull (RSC).
Laurie Davidson Theatre includes: The Meeting (Chichester Festival); The Ferryman (West End).
David Morrissey For the Royal Court: Hangmen. Other theatre includes: Julius Caesar (Bridge); Macbeth (Liverpool Everyman); In a Dark Dark House (Almeida); Three Days of Rain (Donmar); Much Ado About Nothing (West End); Peer Gynt (National); King John, Henry VI, Edward IV, Richard III (RSC); The Cabinet Minister (Royal Exchange, Manchester); Ghetto (Riverside Studios); El Cid, Twelth Night (Cheek By Jowl); Jug (Theatre Royal, Stratford East); WC/PC (Liverpool Playhouse).
Kate O’Flynn For the Royal Court: Anatomy of a Suicide, The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas, A Miracle.
Other theatre includes: One for the Road/Mountain Language/Ashes to Ashes (West End); The Glass Menagerie (West End/Edinburgh International Festival); The Trial (Young Vic); A Taste of Honey, Port (National); Lungs, The Sound of Heavy Rain (Paines Plough/Crucible, Sheffield); Marine Parade (ETT); The Whisky Taster (Bush); House of Special Purpose (Minerva, Chichester); See How They Run, The Children’s Hour (Royal Exchange, Manchester).
Lesley Sharp For the Royal Court: The Woods, Ingredient X, Top Girls, The Recruiting Officer, Our Country’s Good, Greenland, Road, Shirley, Gone, Who Knew McKenzie. Other theatre includes: The Seagull (Lyric, Hammersmith); A Taste of Honey, Harper Regan, Mother Courage, Uncle Vanya, Murmuring Judges, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Fathers & Sons, Ting Tang Mine, True Dare Kiss, Command or Promise (National); Ghosts, Little Voice (West End); God of Hell, A Family Affair (Donmar); Mary & Lizzie (& RSC), Playing With Trains, Summerfolk (Chichester Festival).
Sam Swainsbury Theatre includes: The Twilight Zone (Almeida); The Meeting (Hampstead); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Privates on Parade (West End); Far from the Madding Crowd (Watermill); The Taming of the Shrew (RSC); When Did You Last See My Mother? (Trafalgar Studios); The Comedy of Errors/Richard III, The Merchant of Venice/A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Propeller); Hay Fever (Rose); A Day at the Racists (Finborough); The Rivals (Southwark); Burial at Thebes (Nottingham Playhouse/Barbican); Hysteria (Birmingham Rep); Slope (Tramway, Glasgow).