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Wastwater at The Royal Court

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by Kat Parr Mackintosh (subscribe)
Young and coffee in varying degrees, Kat also says stuff @ThoroughlyMode
Published March 30th 2011
The Royal Court manages to be edgy, yet still a part of that prestigious group of London theatres - the ones with all the tradition, standing and funding. They do a lot of new works, some commissioned especially, so they're often impressively topical and sometimes even insightful - which is the very best kind of theatre.

Their new offering, Wastwater, by 'significant', young playwright Simon Stephens should be something to look forward to. Stephens has done a lot of work for The Royal Court – much of it both critically and popularly acclaimed, and this time he's being premiered here.

Set on the edges of Heathrow Airport, and regarding three couples 'on the brink' as they say in the theatre, the story runs something as follows:

Harry is about to leave England, leaving Frieda behind, who fears she will never see him again. Lisa and Mark are battling with the urge towards sexual betrayal, and Sian and Jonathan are engaged in the negotiation of a frightening deal.

So it sounds as if it will be rife with high emotion. Don't be scared though, many of Stephen's works contain plenty of dark wit as well as 'bare truth'.

10 Monday tickets are available on the day of the performance from 9am online, 10am in-person at the box office.
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Why? The Royal Court knows what it's doing
When: Until the 19th of April
Where: The Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, nearest station Sloane Square or buses 19, 22, 137 or C1
Cost: From £8 to £28
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