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Road

“I feel like England’s forcing the brain out me head.”

A Road, a wild night, a drunken tour guide, a journey to the gutter and the stars and back.

“Why’s the world so tough? It’s like walking through meat in high heels.”

Jim Cartwright‘s seminal play, gives expression to the inhabitants of an unnamed northern road in Eighties Britain.

“Road is coming round us”

This new production is directed by Royal Court Associate Director John Tiffany whose most recent work includes Harry Potter & The Cursed Child, and previous work for the Royal Court includes The Twits, Hope, Let the Right One In (& National Theatre of Scotland) and The Pass.

The most inspiring and exciting state-of-the-nation piece of the Eighties’ - The Independent

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Sloane Square, London SW1W 8AS

Cancellation Policy

No refunds or exchanges after purchase.

How Does It Work

You will receive an email confirmation after purchase.  Please present on arrival.

Suitable For Children

Age guidance: 14+

When Can I Go

Fri 21 July - Sat 09 September 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

  • I love 'Road'

    7 September 2017

    I love 'Road' and I love Jim Cartwright. I am born and bred in Lancashire and first saw this production in Bolton. At its best this production of 'Road' is phenomenal. I loved the music, I loved Joey's story, the scene with the drunken soldier is a stand out, Valerie was amazing, so was the final scene. The actresses really stand out: Faye Marsay, Liz Wright, Michelle Fairley and Lemn Sissay is a perfect Scullery. I didn't get on so well with the glass box staging, I didn't like the division between me and the actor, I didn't like the tai chi ending, for me the whole production was a little too bleak. I love 'Road', it's probably my favourite play and I just don't believe it needs to be that bleak or that Cartwright intended it to be so. The Bolton Octagon production wasn't that bleak and none of the student productions I've ever directed have been. You can face the truth of these people's lives without hitting us over the head with it. And where was The Professor? However it was great to hear 'Bullseye', and I have never understood why Brik and Eddie are so smartly dressed until this production. The post show discussion helped me to warm to the cast and production. Go. You won't regret it!

    Teacher Gill Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Road

    4 September 2017

    Brilliant, exciting production still relevant to today.

    Anne Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • ROAD

    3 September 2017

    A punchy energetic and captivating play. Took me back to the 80's too. Great set and great acting

    Marion Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Ascerbic theatre!

    1 September 2017

    The Royal Court continues to present the most challenging material. 'Road' was a raw, affecting and powerful play, staging, lighting and acting were all perfect, thanks again

    James L Confirmed ticket purchaser

Latest critic reviews

  • "John Tiffany's revival does rich justice to a play that pins down the raucous despair of a community scarred by unemployment"

    The Guardian

  • "A hard, occasionally transcendent evening and also a gauntlet to modern playwrights"

    The Telegraph

  • "John Tiffany gives Jim Cartwright's working class classic a tough revival"

    Time Out

  • "A deeply tender revival of Jim Cartwright's vaunted 1986 play"

    The Arts Desk