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The Children

by Lucy Kirkwood A Wiltshire Creative production in the Main house Age guidance 14+
21 - 23 April 2022 Salisbury Playhouse, Main House
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Thursday 7 - Saturday 23 April

The Children

By Lucy Kirkwood
Directed by Belinda Lang


★★★★ "Intimate and epic"​ The Stage

Belinda Lang will direct a new production of Lucy Kirkwood’s The Children at Salisbury Playhouse in April. Wiltshire Creative’s production of The Children will be its English regional première, following its original run at the Royal Court Theatre in 2016.

The play was hailed as one of the top 3 "Best Theatre Shows of the 21st Century" by the Guardian and gained great critical acclaim during its Broadway transfer: winning the Tony Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for 'Best Play'. 


“Retired people are like nuclear power stations. They like to live by the sea.”

Two ageing scientists in an isolated cottage on the coast, as the world around them crumbles. Then an old friend arrives with a frightening request.

The English regional premiere of a witty, compelling and entertaining drama about ageing and responsibility.

Lucy Kirkwood’s plays include  Chimerica, the winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Play. The thriller was also the basis of the Channel 4 four-part drama that aired in April 2019

We are delighted to welcome back the wonderful Belinda Lang to direct, an actor herself recently seen at the Playhouse in Duet for One and Alan Bennett’s Single Spies and popular 90s TV series 2point4 Children.



Please note this show has no interval and is around 100 minutes long.


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Booking Details

Tickets from £12 

If you need assistance booking or have access requirements please email


Save 10% off one ticket for Wiltshire Creative productions (This season includes A Grand Night for Singing and The Children).

10% off 1 ticket on PEAK performances (Fridays and Saturdays) on each of our visiting theatre runs.

Save 10% off up to 2 tickets for Wiltshire Creative productions (This season includes A Grand Night for Singing and The Children)

10% off up to 2 tickets on PEAK performances (Fridays and Saturdays) on each of our visiting theatre runs. 

FREE programmes for Members on Wiltshire Creative productions only.


Group discount applies on all off peak and standard performances (usually Monday to Thursday) To make a group booking please contact

School and Youth Group: £10 per ticket including accompanying staff 

Groups of 10 – 19: £4 off top price tickets (price band A - blue), £2 off second price tickets (price band B - pink)

Groups of 20+: £6 off top price tickets (price band A -blue), £4 off second price tickets (price band B - pink)

Access Performances

Audio DescribedAudio Described performances 

(a live narrator describes the action on stage between the dialogue, via headphones)

Thursday 21st April 2022 at 2.15 & 7.30pm


​Socially Distanced Performance
(performance capacities are subject to increase dependent on government restrictions lifting.) For those who would prefer a little more space we have a selected number of guaranteed socially distanced performances

Tuesday 19th April 2022 at 7.30pm

Cast & Creatives

Director – Belinda Lang

Designer – Michael Taylor

Lighting Designer – Matthew Eagland

Sound Designer – Andrea J Cox

Casting Director – Gabrielle Dawes CDG



Rose - Christine Kavanagh

Hazel - Joanne Pearce 

Robin - Brian Protheroe

The Children Cast

Further Information

Please note: this production will involve the smoking of real cigarettes on stage.