Danny’s gay, a primary school teacher, and he’s not afraid of anything. His colleague Jamie’s straight, and thinks he should be.
E V Crowe brings her distinctive voice to the story of a heroic modern man
Day Seats available on £10 Mondays only. Available from 9am online on the day of performance.
E.V. Crowe made her Royal Court debut in 2010 with Kin, directed by Jeremy Herrin, and was shortlisted for the Most Promising Playwright at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards. Credits elsewhere include Young Pretender, produced by nabokov at the Edinburgh Fringe and on tour. A graduate of the Young Writer’s Programme, she is currently under commission to the National Theatre, Watford Palace Theatre and the Unicorn Theatre.
Jeremy Herrin is Associate Director at the Royal Court. His credits at the Royal Court include Haunted Child, The Heretic, Kin, Spur of the Moment, Off the Endz, The Priory, Tusk Tusk, That Face and The Vertical Hour. Credits elsewhere include Children’s Children (Almeida), Absent Friends (West End), Uncle Vanya (Chichester), Death and the Maiden (West End), Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare’s Globe), South Downs (Chichester and West End). He will direct This House at the National Theatre, later this year.
Hero is part of the Royal Court’s Jerwood New Playwrights programme, supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation.
Running time: approx 2 hours, with one interval
Select a Date
Dates in November
|Fri 23 Nov 2012||7:45pm||Concessions Available||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Sat 24 Nov 2012||7:45pm||Concessions Available||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Mon 26 Nov 2012||7:45pm||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£10|
|Tue 27 Nov 2012||7:45pm||Concessions Available||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Wed 28 Nov 2012||7:45pm||Concessions Available||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Thu 29 Nov 2012||7:00pm||Press Night||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs|
|Fri 30 Nov 2012||7:45pm||Concessions Available||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
Dates in December
|Sat 1 Dec 2012||3:30pm||Concessions Available, Saturday Matinees||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Sat 1 Dec 2012||7:45pm||Concessions Available||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Mon 3 Dec 2012||7:45pm||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£10|
|Tue 4 Dec 2012||7:45pm||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Wed 5 Dec 2012||7:45pm||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Thu 6 Dec 2012||3:30pm||Concessions Available, Mid-Week Matinee||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Thu 6 Dec 2012||7:45pm||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Fri 7 Dec 2012||7:45pm||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Sat 8 Dec 2012||3:30pm||Concessions Available, Saturday Matinees||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Sat 8 Dec 2012||7:45pm||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Mon 10 Dec 2012||7:45pm||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£10|
|Tue 11 Dec 2012||7:45pm||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Wed 12 Dec 2012||7:45pm||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Thu 13 Dec 2012||3:30pm||Concessions Available, Mid-Week Matinee||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Thu 13 Dec 2012||7:45pm||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Fri 14 Dec 2012||7:45pm||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Sat 15 Dec 2012||3:30pm||Concessions Available, Saturday Matinees||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Sat 15 Dec 2012||7:45pm||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Mon 17 Dec 2012||7:45pm||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£10|
|Tue 18 Dec 2012||7:45pm||Post-Show Talk||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Wed 19 Dec 2012||7:45pm||Captioned Performance||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Thu 20 Dec 2012||3:30pm||Concessions Available, Mid-Week Matinee||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Thu 20 Dec 2012||7:45pm||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Fri 21 Dec 2012||7:45pm||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Sat 22 Dec 2012||3:30pm||Concessions Available, Saturday Matinees||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
|Sat 22 Dec 2012||7:45pm||Jerwood Theatre Upstairs||£20|
Sold out Performances
Tickets £20 Monday all seats £10 (available on the day of the performance from 9am online)
Concessions £15* (available in advance until Saturday 1 December incl, and all matinees. For all other performances, available on a standby basis on the day)
School and HE Groups of 8+ £10 (avail. Tue-Fri and mats)
Access £12 (plus a companion at the same rate) *ID required. All discounts are subject to availability.
4 stars Telegraph, Jane Shilling, 3 December 2012
There is a graceful nod to the Royal Court’s past as the cradle of kitchen-sink drama in the sets for the new play by EV Crowe, whose debut, Kin, premiered there in 2010. The action is set in a pair of kitchens, the more stylish of which belongs to Joe and Danny, a gay married couple who are hoping to adopt a child.
This is Joe’s second marriage: his ex-wife, Kate, is briefly referred to by his turbulent old college friend Jamie (a fine performance by Daniel Mays, suffused with hapless rage), who now teaches at the primary school where Danny also works.
Danny, a sweet-natured optimist, is adored by his pupils; Jamie, we learn, less so. During the play’s first act, he twice erupts into Joe and Danny’s kitchen in a state of extreme distress. On the first occasion, he is upset because a seven-year-old has called him “gay”. On the second, he has been beaten up by a gang of older children who also suppose him to be gay.
Tensions seethe: Jamie’s wife Lisa is trying to conceive by means of IVF. The question of who, if anyone, “deserves” to have a child hangs in the air. Joe, a journalist, is concerned that Danny’s sunny openness about his homosexuality will compromise their chance of adopting.
EV Crowe’s drama fizzes like a firework with more ideas than it has time to explore. On the surface, it seems rather lacking in dramatic tension: Joe and Danny are so clearly nicer and better balanced than troubled, tactless, homophobic Jamie and Lisa – a tightly-wrapped bundle of nerves who is convinced that something awful will befall the baby she eventually manages to conceive – that the argument about who will make better parents is won almost before it is stated.
But ominous undercurrents proliferate. Danny’s captivating sense of his own charm and invulnerability has dark roots — the play opens with an extraordinary monologue about his brother’s death, which we never revisit, though it hovers over the unfolding drama, mirrored by Lisa’s belief that Jamie somehow attracts bad luck.
Crowe’s interestingly flawed drama is given an authority which it almost deserves by Jeremy Herrin’s crisp direction, beautifully precise sound and lighting by Ian Dickinson and Rick Fisher, and an impressive quartet of performances by Liam Garrigan as Danny, Tim Steed as Joe, Daniel Mays as Jamie and Susannah Wise as Lisa.
Fri 23 Nov, 7:45pm Sat 24 Nov, 7:45pm Tue 27 Nov, 7:45pm Wed 28 Nov, 7:45pm Fri 30 Nov, 7:45pm Sat 1 Dec, 3:30pm Sat 1 Dec, 7:45pm Thu 6 Dec, 3:30pm Sat 8 Dec, 3:30pm Thu 13 Dec, 3:30pm Sat 15 Dec, 3:30pm Thu 20 Dec, 3:30pm Sat 22 Dec, 3:30pm
Thu 29 Nov, 7:00pm
Sat 1 Dec, 3:30pm Sat 8 Dec, 3:30pm Sat 15 Dec, 3:30pm Sat 22 Dec, 3:30pm
Thu 6 Dec, 3:30pm Thu 13 Dec, 3:30pm Thu 20 Dec, 3:30pm
Tue 18 Dec, 7:45pm
Wed 19 Dec, 7:45pm