A new production of Lucy Kirkwood's celebrated play 'The Children' opens tonight at The Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds. It stars Imogen Stubbs as Rose, a retired nuclear scientist who challenges old friends, Hazel and Robin, to consider what impact their past actions will have on the world.
The Children was hailed as “one of the top 3 plays” in The Guardian’s recent Best Theatre shows of the 21st Century list. It first ran at London’s Royal Court Theatre in 2016 and was then transferred to Broadway where it was nominated for Best Play at both the Tony Awards and the Outer Critics Circle.
The play seeks to raise big issues; in particular how people in the future will react to the poisoned legacy of the present. It is a play about social responsibility and whether having children sharpens, or diminishes that.
Director, Owen Calvert-Lyons talked about why Imogen is perfect for the part, “Imogen is one of our country’s most celebrated actors. Audiences will know her work from both stage and screen. The Children is a powerful play and it needs great actors to play these parts; we were delighted when Imogen accepted the role. We are a relatively small theatre so our audiences are in for a real treat, getting to witness powerhouse performances up close.”
The play runs from today, Friday 10th March, until Saturday 25th March. Tickets available now.
Imogen Stubbs is available for voiceovers from Anthea Represents. Click her image for her profile page and voiceover showreel.