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“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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Suitable For Children

Age guidance: 14+

When Can I Go

Fri 21 July - Sat 09 September 2017


Sloane Square, London SW1W 8AS

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. 

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The Royal Court Theatre

Sloane Square, London SW1W 8AS

Latest customer reviews

  • Road

    19 August 2017

    Brilliant acting and innovative staging and production Theme of using booze to escape drudgery reality became rather wearing towards the end

    Liza Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Road at Royal Court Theatre, London

    17 August 2017

    It was okay & interesting enough but obviously not updated at all from 30 years ago. The main vibe i got from it was that folk up North had to get RatAssed Drunk most of the time coz mostly unemployed. Also the Otis Redding Song Bit 'Try a little Tenderness just did not do much for me' But maybe coz i don't really like that song. I can't remember one emotionally resilient male character. Skully came closest.

    HJ Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Excellent

    17 August 2017

    Gritty, witty and hard hitting, as relevant now as it was in the 80's. The irony of it being played in Sloane Square tickled me. One of the richest places in Britain showing a play about the arse end of Britain. Fantastic acting and superb set.

    Martin A. Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Good acting but disjointed content

    12 August 2017

    Had such great expectations of this play - but came out of the theatre depressed and confused.

    Lesley H 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