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Show Summary - The Children

The Children is a new play by the British playwright Lucy Kirkwood, which premiered to great success at the Royal Court Theatre in London this past winter. The New York show is produced by the Manhattan Theatre Club, transferring intact from the Royal Court with the same director and cast. The production is directed by James Macdonald, who directed the 2008 Broadway production of Top Girls, also a transfer from the Royal Court to the Manhattan Theatre Club. The cast includes Francesca Annis as Rose, an old friend of a married couple Robin, played by Ron Cook, and Hazel, played by Deborah Findlay. All three are baby boomers and nuclear physicists. The story takes place in a remote cottage near a nuclear power plant beside the sea, shortly after a disastrous earthquake has destroyed the plant. While Rose has not seen Hazel and Robin for years, she arrives to insist that they take responsibility for cleaning up the plant to preserve the future for their children. As it happens, Rose has no children, and Hazel and Robin have four, but nonetheless she is determined to galvanize her generation to heed the mess they are leaving behind. Deftly interweaving the personal and political, The Children is an eloquent and concisely expressed piece of theatre that reflects on our modern times. Rife with humor and expertly acted by three accomplished British actors, The Children is an exciting addition to the Manhattan Theatre Club season.
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Noteworthy Dates For The Show

Previews Begin: 11/28/17
Show Opens: 12/14/17
Show Closes: 02/04/18
Number of Performances: 8 Shows per week
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Should You See The Children On Broadway?

Lucy Kirkwood

What Is The Children Like?

Lucy Kirkwood is one of the most exciting playwrights to emerge in Britain in recent years. Her plays include Chimerica, which won the 2014 Olivier Award for Best Play, and she has another play called Mosquitoes set to open this year at the National Theatre in London. Her television credits also include the Sky 1 television series “The Smoke.” In The Children, Kirkwood proves herself to be one of the most rewarding dramatists of her generation. She crafts a concise and powerful analogy between the nuclear power plant disaster and the baby boomer generation leaving behind an economic mess for the millennial generation. A memorable line from the play is: “Retired people are like nuclear power stations. We like the live by the sea.” While Hazel and Robin prefer to remain in their seaside cottage while the world around them crumbles, Rose won’t let them ignore the future that will go on with or without them.

Is The Children Good for Kids?

The show is recommended for those aged 14 and above. Children under the age of 4 will not be permitted in the theatre.
  • Deborah Findlay
  • Ron Cook
  • Francesca Annis
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Cast Members:

Francesca Annis
Deborah Findlay
Ron Cook

Broadway Theatre:

Samuel J Friedman Theatre
261 West 47th Street
New York, NY 10019
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Theatre Landlord:
Manhattan Theatre Club

47th Street between 8th Avenue and Broadway

Samuel J. Friedman Theatre Box Office Hours:

Monday: 12pm - 6pm 
Tuesday & Wednesday: 12pm – 7:30pm 
Thursday, Friday & Saturday: 12 – 8:30pm 
Sunday: 10am – 6pm
On matinee days, the box office opens at 10am

Seating Map:
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Show Duration:

The Children is 2 hours and 30 minutes long, including an intermission.


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Staff and Creative Team:

General Manager:
Florie Seery at Manhattan Theatre
Advertising Representative:
Serino Coyne
Press Agent:
Boneau Bryan-Brown


Play - New York Premiere

Production Credits:

James Macdonald (Direction)
Lucy Kirkwood (Book)
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Parking For This Theatre:

The closest parking garage for the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre is located at:
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257 West 47th Street
New York, NY 10036
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235 West 48th Street
New York, NY 10036
The closest parking is not always the best as it often takes longer to park and retrieve your vehicle as fellow theatre goers have the same idea. A better choice of parking may be the second choice or further away by a couple of Avenues.