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Anatomy of a suicide

“My mother always said to Live Big.
Live as much as I could.”

Three generations of women.

For each, the chaos of what has come before brings with it a painful legacy.

“I have Stayed. I have Stayed – I have Stayed for as long as I possibly can.”

Writer Alice Birch (Revolt. She said. Revolt again, We Want You To Watch), continues her collaboration with director Katie Mitchell (2071, Ten Billion, Cleansed) following Ophelias Zimmer earlier this year.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

‘Birch has crafted a rich, haunting, technically dazzling script’

Andrzej Lukowski | Time Out

★ ★ ★ ★

'This is a precise, cleverly staged and powerful drama supported by superb acting’

Ann Treneman | The Times

★ ★ ★ ★

'A sophisticated tapestry of generations and emotions'

Fiona Mountford | Evening Standard

★ ★ ★ ★ The Guardian

★ ★ ★ ★ The Telegraph

★ ★ ★ ★ The Financial Times

★ ★ ★ ★ The Independent

★ ★ ★ ★ The Stage

★ ★ ★ ★ WhatsOnStage


Sloane Square, London SW1W 8AS

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Written by Alice Birch.

Cast includes:
Olivier Award-nominees Hattie Morahan and Kate O’Flynn.
Full cast: Gershwyn Eustache Jnr., Paul Hilton, Peter Hobday, Adelle Leonce, Sarah Malin, Jodie McNee, Hattie Morahan, Kate O’Flynn and Dickon Tyrrell 

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Suitable For Children

Age guidance: 14+

When Can I Go

Sat 03 June - Sat 08 July 2017

Where Do I Go

The Royal Court is directly adjacent to Sloane Square Underground Station.

Sloane Square is served by the District and Circle lines. 

The Royal Court is also a short walk from Victoria station. 

The Royal Court Theatre

Sloane Square, London SW1W 8AS

Latest customer reviews

  • 8 July 2017


    Arthur Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • A little self-indulgent

    8 July 2017

    The script and premise was interesting, but the direction occasionally felt over done and self indulgent. It felt about 30 minutes too long. The climax was delivered but was much too slow to end. Carol and Anna were interesting characters and their performances engaging. I found Bonnie a little lacking - and almost dull. After seeing the Ferryman, this was disappointing

    Bell Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • 7 July 2017

    A very bold production. The story was told in very fresh and complex way, with each story informing the others effortlessly.

    E. G. Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Suicide Through the Generations

    7 July 2017

    I thought the play's argument about the devastating effects of suicide on succeeding generations came across very powerfully. The acting was superb, the staging fascinating, though rather busy and obtrusive, perhaps, though I don't really have any complaint about onstage costume and scene changes (full marks to everyone's wonderful sense of timing!). My only negative comment concerns the excessive demand made on the audience, trying valiantly to follows three plays (effectively) at once. I found it exhausting and difficult to hear everything, especially when speech overlapped between two scenes. I don't know whether it would have been possible to stage the play any other way, but this way had distinct problems, although it also strengthened visually the theme of suicide's generational succession. All in all, a moving experience and congratulations to everyone who brought it to us.

    Tim Long Confirmed ticket purchaser

Latest critic reviews

  • "Birch, who has made her name in the theatre with the cry to arms Revolt, She Said, Revolt Again and on film with Lady Macbeth, writes plays that are almost poetry. Themes, words and sentences are repeated, in invocations that are almost ceremonial. "

    What's On Stage

  • "Strikingly written and hauntingly performed collaboration between Alice Birch and Katie Mitchell"

    The Stage

  • "Alice Birch's play about three generations of women is a fiercely uncompromising two hours"

    Evening Standard

  • "Hattie Morahan mesmerises as Carol"

    The Independent