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ROYAL COURT THEATRE
DOWNSTAIRS


 


THE END OF HISTORY (play)
Ends 10th August 2019.
Captioned performances: 10th July at 7.30pm, 17th July 2019 at 7.30pm, 24th July 2019 at 7.30pm, 31st July 2019 at 7.30pm, 7th August 2019 at 7.30pm.
Audio described performance: 3rd August 2019 at 2.30pm (touch tour 1pm)
Relaxed performance: 27th July 2019 at 2.30pm

1997. The grown-up and almost-grown-up children assemble for a meal at their left-wing parents' home in Newbury.

Jack Thorne's new play is directed by John Tiffany.

 
Theatremonkey Opinion:

(seen at the afternoon performance on 6th July 2019). In these revisionist, "woke" times, the Royal Court Theatre do something revolutionary... a play about a white middle-class family, cast with white actors at their correct ages (with the exception of one scene, for economy reasons) and apparently of the same cis-origin as the roles they play. It's like theatre was a decade or so ago... a good thing? Depends on your personal viewpoint on the current trend towards "total inclusivism."  Not an argument the monkey is going to have here.

The reason, though, is because this play dissects a Blairite view of the world, filtered through a "flower-power" era lens. The collection of actors assembled was the world of the time, and it is to the credit of the Royal Court that they were making an artistic choice - even if it feels slightly odd in current times.

The play itself feels of the time. Jack Thorne gives us solid characters with depth, in a very familiar (to those who lived through them) family setting. There's a good "kitchen" set from Grace Smart, complete with her trademark perforated walls, and Jack Knowles captures time with impressive lighting.

Over three scenes in three decades late teens mature and face the adult world, a lengthy final speech offering a yardstick by which to measure both their growth and that of those they love and the world they inhabit.

There's some excellent performances. Mother Sal (Lesley Sharp) captures precisely the struggle of women her age, independent yet saddled with social demands. Husband David (David Morrissey) is the expected disconnection, it's his terms, yet his family bond is stronger than we realise.

Eldest son Carl (Sam Swainsbury) and partner Harriet (Zoe Boyle) have the longest story-arc, and it is a pity we lose Boyle for the third act, as both actors evolve with skill.

Middle daughter Polly (Kate O'Flynn) is witty, always engaging and painfully confused in her emotions. Is this her mother's story? We see shadows as the play continues.

Youngest son Tom (Laurie Davidson) may look a little incongruous in school uniform, and later gets a shirt that should be arrested, but his range is wide enough to encompass both drama and pathos - and his final scene allows him to demonstrate just how strong his character has become - tempered in the flame of his family.

Sure, there's an argument that Thorne perhaps over-eggs the second act, but the message carries beyond the play and those dismissing the writing may well have missed it until thought is applied.

This may feel old-fashioned, but make no mistake, it's a modern play with far more to say than on first sight - and this is a first class production saying it.

4 stars.

 

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Performance Schedule:
The monkey advises checking performance times on your tickets and that performances are happening as scheduled, before travelling.

Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm
Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Runs 1 hour 50 minutes approximately, with no interval.

 

Ticket Prices:

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All performances EXCEPT Mondays:
Stalls:

Rows B to K: £42 except
Row C 8 to 15; D 7 to 15; E 7 to 16; F 6 to 16; G 7 to 16; H 8 to 14: £49
Row H 2 to 5, 17 to 20; J 3 to 6, 17 to 20: £32
Rows A, L and M, plus row B 4, 5, 17 and 18: £32

Dress Circle:

Row A 9 to 14; B 8 to 13: £49
Row A 5 to 8, 15 to 18; B 4 to 7, 15 to 18; C 8 to 15: £42
Row C 4 to 7, 16 to 19; D 4 to 18: £32
Row A 3, 4, 19, 20; B 1, 2, 3, 18, 19, 20, 21; C 2, 3, 4, 5, 18, 19, 20, 21; D 2, 3, 19, 20: £28
Row D 2, 3, 19, 20; row E: £28

Dress Circle restricted view slips: £14

Upper Circle:

Rows A to C (except A to C 1 to 4, A and C 18 to 21 and B 19 to 22): £20
Restricted view seats A to C 1 to 4, A and C 18 to 21 and B 19 to 22: £14


Mondays:

All seats £12.





 

 

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Buying Tickets Online:

Other Box Office Information

Tickets offered differ between outlets. Outlets also may offer different seats via their phone and online systems. Offers may be available click here.
Theatre Box Office:
www.royalcourttheatre.com provide their own service for this theatre.
This system allows you to select your actual seat from all those available.
 

Booking fees per ticket for online bookings:
75p booking fee is charged to post out tickets by the Royal Court Box Office. No other fee is charged.

Other Online Choices (with S.T.A.R. genuine ticket agencies):

Independent S.T.A.R. ticket agencies may also offer an alternative choice of seats.
 

Box Office Information:
Tickets offered differ between outlets. Outlets also may offer different seats via their phone and online systems. Offers may be available click here.
Theatre Box Office:
Telephone: 020 7565 5000
Operated by the Royal Court Theatre itself. 10am to 6pm Monday to Saturday.

Booking fees per ticket for telephone bookings:
75p booking fee is charged to post out tickets by the Royal Court Box Office. No other fee is charged.

For personal callers or by post: Sloane Square, London. SW1W 8AS
No booking fee for personal callers.
 

Special Access Needs Customers:
Wheelchair users and other registered disabled theatregoers can book their seats and enquire about concessionary prices that may be available to them on a dedicated phone line. See Notes.

 

 
 
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Theatre Seat Opinions:
Please remember that cheaper seats often do not offer the same view / location quality as top price ones, and that ticket prices are designed to reflect this difference.


Royal Court Theatre
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Note: At normal Monday Evening performances, with all tickets at a single price, Dress Circle row D 2 to15 becomes "Green" for value, row E 8 to 15 "white" and the Upper Circle is all rated "red" for value. If you have to sit there, aim for the 'green' seats first, though.

 

 

Seating Plan Diagram

Stalls Dress Circle Upper Circle Notes
STALLS 

Layout:
The Dress Circle overhangs the stalls at row E at the sides, G in the middle. The top of the stage is not visible from row K back.

Seats are a single block, with an access aisle to centre row K and L and wheelchair viewing positions.

There is no outer aisle at the ends of rows L and M.

Legroom:
Adequate in all seats.

Maximum legroom is in row K and seats B4 and 18 and M 11, with nothing in front.

M12 is also almost clear of anything in front. C 4 and 19 have 30% of the seat width clear in front, D 3 and 19 around 5% clear.

Arm-rests can be raised to provide wider seating - though two tickets must be bought if doing so. If you bought the whole of row M, you could have the world's largest theatre sofa by doing this, the monkey notes.

Choosing Seats in General:
Rows AA and BB an be inserted in front of row A if a stage extension is not required.

Normally, the pricing policy puts the front three rows (five when AA and BB are in use), and the last two rows at a lower price. The rest are all top price.

The front row - A, B, AA or BB is confirmed during previews, and the monkey posts details when available. All these are always very cheap, even if you do have to look up. Worth thinking about, feels the monkey.

Of the cheap front 2 or 4 rows, the monkey would go for the furthest row back possible, if trying to avoid any potential neck ache. Anything further forward is an excellent second choice, though, it feels – and don’t worry about taking the front row. The box office will warn / not sell seats that are too uncomfortable.

The two first and last seats from row B back are outside the proscenium with the edges of the stage not visible. At top price, avoid.

Prime seats are in the centre of rows from E back.

Wheelchair spaces behind row J seats 11 and 12 offer a perfect view. Two more spaces at the ends of K. Take J first, then K but both are fine.

At second price, the back two rows are excellent value if the similarly priced front ones don’t appeal. The rake is good enough to provide clear views (accepting the top of the stage is not visible), and the theatre is intimate enough to feel close to the stage. A meaner ape than Theatremonkey would quibble with the prices for these seats in the rear of the theatre.

General Hazard Notes:
The stage can be high and have a strange configuration that affects sightlines in front rows.

Changes for the current production:
Row A is the front row, discounted, as are the end the end pairs in row B... monkey likes.

The rest of row B is top price (used to be second), and everything except the outermost four seats from C back to G (plus central H) are premium price, the outer fours (six in G) at top non-premium. Still just fair value, feels the monkey - it would take E back for best value, it feels. "Premium seating" has arrived. Take J first, feels the monkey.

Row K is top, non-premium price - more expensive than usual, rows L and M behind are better value at second price.

During previews, most of B to H are top price, L and M drop to third price. All decent value, feels the monkey, who would go central E and L in particular.


 

Reader Comments:
“Row AA: "Love, Love, Love" (May 2012), (Iain). Excellent.”

"Row BB: "The Heretic" (February 2011), (Iain Campbell). At £10 each we had a great view - AA is even better. Seats are leather, and very comfortable."

"Row BB: (James). We had cheaper seats - front row - and had a great view. Not too bad on the neck strain and comfortable leather-look seating with arm rests. Fantastic for £12."

"A13: "X" (March 2016). Good seat for a lower price. There is a need to look up, but only a bit and the action is close. The only issue is a table in the centre of the set which from this seat gets in the way for a few pieces of action that take place at the back of the set."

"C10: "X" (April 2016) – Small but lovely theatre, this seat is pretty central and close to the stage. It does require you to look up, but I didn’t miss anything as the stage isn’t too high here!"

"D11 and 12: "Clynbourne Park" (August 2010), (That Fulham Couple – regular readers). Comfortable; however, for this production we recommend sitting a few rows further back."

"E20: "Hope" (December 2014). Oh, how I love the Royal Court's £10 Mondays, though this would be a good seat at full price. Very comfortable too. As ever with an aisle seat, you'll miss some of the action at the extreme left of the stage, but for this production that's not really an issue. Some of the actors occasionally deliver their lines standing/sitting on the very edge of the stage, so being that close was great. (Note to the Monkey: what is with the lighting at the Royal Court? Lady in front of me dropped her glasses and even with the help of the guy next to her (who activated a torch function on his mobile phone) couldn't find them. Luckily they'd skittered against my foot so I was able to hand them back. We all had a laugh, though, that Hope is about an age of austerity cuts and it appeared the RC had implemented a similar policy on their auditorium lighting!) "

"F5 and 6: "Clybourne Park," (September 2010). No problems, close enough to see facial expressions but far enough back to see the whole stage easily."

"H12 and H13: “Now or Later” (October 2008), (James – regular reader). Staggered seats and a fair rake ensured a good view."

"M9: "The Cane" (December 2018). (back row) This row could feel a little claustrophobic as there is a solid wall both behind and at the sides and a low ceiling while lighting is very dim indeed. I could see well as the theatre isn’t large and is raked but the leather style seats were hard and uncomfortable but with plenty of room to stretch my legs fully."

 

DRESS CIRCLE 

Layout:
The Upper Circle overhangs the Dress Circle at row C, but does not affect the view.

The circle curves sharply towards the stage.

Two slips extend from the front of the circle, down the sides of the theatre towards the stage.

Legroom:
Poor in all seats for the tallest, worst in row A, particularly if tall. If fit and up to 5ft 7, you should be fairly comfortable in all seats.

Slip seats 4 and 19 allow a little space to move a leg sideways, the monkey noted.

 

Choosing Seats in General:
Like the Stalls, seats are fairly priced for view.

Seats A 3, 4, 19 and 20 are discounted to account for the high rails in front. The front stalls are preferable for view at the same price.

Elsewhere, central seats in rows A to C have a decent view. Go as central as possible, is the monkey advice. In particular skip C4 and 19, previously second price but now top.

Outer seats, even at second price, are less of a bargain – again, there are decent stalls for the same price.

Central row E is cheaper than row D in front of it (Tuesday to Saturday), for similar views... the monkey would take central row E first and save a few pounds.

Wheelchair space at row D2. Make your choice according to personal preference. Theatremonkey likes the stalls better, but the view is probably equal.

A row of seats runs from the front of the circle down either side of the theatre to form slips. Seats here offer a sideways view of the stage - and have no arm-rests. The restricted view is fairly priced. Be aware that they are the same price as outermost upper circle seats. Upper circle seats have a forward-facing view, and the aisle seat will allow you to move a leg sideways. Your call, feels the monkey, who would take the slips first if the one closest to the main circle is going, then look at the upper circle aisle seats itself, as it likes an aisle and front view if possible.

Behind them are eight restricted view standing positions. At just ten pence each these are a total bargain – and don’t forget your arrows... viewing is through fairly wide “archer slits.” Tum-te-tum-te-tum-te-tum thinks the monkey... The best standing places are the ones furthest from the stage, arrive early to nab them. The closer you get to the stage, the very much lesser the view.

General Hazard Notes:
The ends of each row have an angled view of the stage.

Metal bar runs across the front of the circle, and is double height in front of seats A 3, 4, 19 and 20.

Slip seats and standing places have a severely restricted view of the stage.

Changes for the current production:
Central rows A and B are premium price, four next to them, plus centre C top non-premium. Parts of C and almost all D drop to third price, with ends of A to D plus E at fourth. The monkey would take any of these - remembering that every time you could take the seats beside / row behind for the same view for less cash, an odd dilemma. Remember that the ones next to the more expensive ones in C may miss action. In that case, go for outermost seats in each row - cheaper still for a similar view.

Slips are cheaper than row E. The monkey would probably take slips 6 to 11, then consider E before the rest, for the best angle on the stage, but all are fair value at least.


Reader Comments:
"B14 and 15: "Let the Right One In." Lovely little theatre. Our seats gave us an amazing view of the stage. really comfortable seating with plenty of legroom."

"C18 to 21: "Get Santa!" (December 2010), (Clive). Generally a good view with definitely no feeling of remoteness. However the very left of the stage is obscured in C20 and especially in C21. Legroom is adequate but no better."

"Circle slips seat 9: "Linda" (November 2015). £15. First seat in row of slip seats ..... Flip down seats, quite narrow with no armrests. Limited legroom (but I'm only 5' 5" so fine for me)..... But plenty of room behind the seat to store bags/coat etc. only three people in the nine slip seats, so could sit sideways and had good view of a cleverly designed revolving set. You do lose about 15% of the left side of the stage, but it didn't really matter apart from one pivotal moment when a character came onto that blind spot of the stage and I didn't realise they had!"
 

UPPER CIRCLE

Layout:
This is high above the stage.

Seats curve sharply in a single block, towards the stage.

Rails between each row do not affect views much.

Legroom:
Poor in all seats, worst in row A. Row B has an inch or so more than the rest. Those up to 5ft 6 or so should be fairly comfortable here, but these seats are not for those more than 5ft 10, the monkey feels.

 

Choosing Seats in General:
The view from central seats is clear, poor for the first and last four in each row - which are priced to allow for this.

Choose central row B first, then C at second price. Go a row back rather than outwards, to take central seats first. B18 is the one that hovers most in the "least good for the price" category, the monkey feels.

Row A can be a bargain (to those willing to risk their circulation) when sold at restricted view prices - otherwise avoid.

The worst restricted views normally occur when either the front of the stage is extended forward or, more commonly, if staging doesn’t account for the double height bars which run across the front of the circle.

At third price, the outermost seats in all rows are now the same price as dress circle slips. The monkey likes the forward facing view in the upper circle, and would take the outermost aisle seat for a bit of extra space beside it. Before booking one, though, it would check if dress circle slip 11 or 12 are available, just for closeness to the stage. Not a recommendation, though, just it's thought on the subject.

The monkey would honestly advise finding the extra bananas if possible to sit in the stalls, especially if taller.

General Hazard Notes:
Double bars run across the front of the circle, singles between each row.

Outermost seats lose views of the stage front to the curve of the circle.

Some people find the centres of the long rows claustrophobic.

Row C has no arm-rests.

Changes for the current production:
None.

Reader Comments:
"A20: "Escaped Alone" (January 2016). The leg room is limited – knees well up against the front of the balcony. The seat is sold as restricted view. However, this depends on the show. For some with much action to the stage sides, this could be an issue, but for this show the action took place centrally, so the view missed nothing. At the price this was good."

"C13: "Birthday" (July 2012), (Taljaard – regular reader). A very good view and was not very distant from the stage at all."

 

 

Notes
Total 395 seats.

Air-conditioned auditorium.

Occasional signed and audio described performances. Scripts available free to deaf patrons attending sign-interpreted performances. Texture mapped stairs and floor number announcer in lift. Guide dogs welcome in auditorium or dog sat. Hearing loop at box office and in auditorium, also infra red headsets in auditorium. Many wheelchair space in auditorium in central row J and ends of row K of stalls. Access via lifts and easy slopes. Adapted unisex toilets at Stalls and Circle level. Fuller details www.royalcourttheatre.com or call the box office. A "venue access guide" from the team who created book "Theatremonkey: A Guide to London's West End," is available to download in PDF format by clicking here.

Bar and Kitchen in basement, Ice cream and confectionery in auditorium.

Two bars, Stalls and Balcony.

6 Toilets. Stalls 1 gents 1 cubicle, 1 ladies 2 cubicles; Dress Circle 1 ladies 1 cubicle; Upper Circle 1 gents 1 cubicle; Upper Circle staircase 1 gents 1 cubicle, 1 ladies 2 cubicles.


 

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Getting to this Theatre
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Nearest Underground Station Buses Car Park
Nearest Underground Station:
Sloane Square - Circle Line (yellow) and District Line (green).

The theatre is next to the station.

 

Buses:
11, 19, 22, 219, C1 to Sloane Square.

 

Taxi:
Hail one in the street outside.

 

Car Park:
Cadogan Place. From the car park, exit onto Cadogan Place. Turn to your right and walk to the junction with Sloane Street. Turn left into Sloane Street and walk up it, crossing Pont Street, to the theatre, which is ahead of you on the far side of Sloane Square.

 

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