World Premiere

Children's Children

by Matthew Dunster
Thu 17 May 2012 - Sat 30 Jun 2012

Michael and Gordon have been best friends since acting college. Now, 20 years later, Michael is Mr Saturday Night TV but failing actor Gordon is struggling with enormous debts. Meanwhile Gordon’s daughter Effie couldn't care less about her Dad's problems – she is far more interested in the film that her cool boyfriend is making and setting up an ecologically sound clothing label.

When Gordon asks Michael to lend him a large sum of money it sets in motion a series of events that reveal irreparable cracks in the characters’ relationships. Matthew Dunster’s often hilarious new play brings to life a set of strikingly contemporary individuals.

Jeremy Herrin is Associate Director at the Royal Court. His directorial credits in 2011 include Death and the Maiden (Comedy Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare’s Globe) and Haunted Child (Royal Court). Matthew Dunster’s theatrical career includes acclaimed work as an actor and director; as a writer his credits include Two Clouds Over Eden (Young Vic) The Band (Soho Theatre) and You Can See The Hills (Royal Exchange Manchester).

Photo © Francesca Carta

  • Darrell D'Silva (Michael) and Sally Rogers (Sally).  Photo Johan PerssonDarrell D'Silva (Michael) and Sally Rogers (Sally). Photo Johan Persson
  • Emily Berrington (Effie).  Photo Johan PerssonEmily Berrington (Effie). Photo Johan Persson
  • Darrell D'Silva (Michael).  Photo Johan PerssonDarrell D'Silva (Michael). Photo Johan Persson
  • Beth Cordingly (Louisa), Darrell D'Silva (Michael), Sally Rogers (Sally), John MacMillan (Castro), and Emily Berrington (Effie).  Photo Johan PerssonBeth Cordingly (Louisa), Darrell D'Silva (Michael), Sally Rogers (Sally), John MacMillan (Castro), and Emily Berrington (Effie). Photo Johan Persson
  • Trevor Fox (Gordon) and Emily Berrington (Effie).  Photo Johan PerssonTrevor Fox (Gordon) and Emily Berrington (Effie). Photo Johan Persson
  • Emily Berrington (Effie) and John MacMillan (Castro).  Photo Johan PerssonEmily Berrington (Effie) and John MacMillan (Castro). Photo Johan Persson

Children's Children presents us with a searingly honest portrayal of a contemporary group of people battling with each other and their own hypocritical world views.

See below for a subtitled version of the trailer. 



"Congratulations on the production of Children's Children - the writing, the design and the acting are all outstanding."

"I really enjoyed the play - it was witty and surprising. I thought the cast were excellent and the set was amazing."

From Twitter:

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"Children's Children at the @AlmeidaTheatre is one of the best new plays I have seen so far this year. Talented cast, wonderful writing."

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"Children's Children at @AlmeidaTheatre is a superb black comedy. A fantastically staged piece with big laughs, big drama & big characters."

"Loved Dunster's Children's Children @almeidatheatre last night. Hilarious,gripping,tense..Realistic portrayal of modern day personalities."

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 "...wit, intelligence and a rare sense of scope. It’s excitingly alive…I’d happily have hung around around for acts four, five and six of this fascinating show.”
Dominic Maxwell, The Times, 28 May 2012
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 "Jeremy Herrin's excellent production ... dazzling Emily Berrington ... Sally Rogers is superb"
Paul Taylor, Independent, 31 May 2012

Fox’s quiet schadenfreude is chilling, the eruptions of fury are savage, and D’Silva is outstanding”
Kate Bassett, Independent on Sunday, 27 May 2012
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“There are polished performances here: Sally Rogers is subtle…newcomer Emily Berrington shines as obnoxious Effie”
Kate Kellaway, The Observer, 27 May 2012
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"Dunster’s dialogue is highly engaging with its mix of raw emotion and excellent comic timing"
Londonist, 26 May 2012
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 "...excrutiatingly funny"
Sarah Hemming, Financial Times, 28 May 2012
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Matthew Dunster talks to the Daily Telegraph about growing up and writing about class.
17 March 2012
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Emily Berrington

Emily Berrington

Emily is in her final year at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where her credits include Hamlet, A Woman of No Importance and The Seagull. She is currently filming Michael Winterbottom’s King of Soho alongside Anna Friel and Steve Coogan.

Beth Cordingly

Beth Cordingly

Beth has appeared most recently in A Round Heeled Woman at the Aldwych, Once Bitten for the Orange Tree Theatre, Semi Monde at the Lyric Hammersmith and both the theatre production (Menier Chocolate Factory) and film adaptation of Breakfast With Jonny Wilkinson. Her other film and television credits include Two Men Went To War, How TV Ruined Your Life, Merlin and Secret Diary of a Call Girl.

Darrell D'Silva

Darrell D’Silva

Darrell was part of the Royal Shakespeare Company ensemble between 2009-11 during which time he played Mark Anthony in both Anthony and Cleopatra and Julius Caesar. His other theatre credits include The Lying Kind for the Royal Court and Royal Hunt of the Sun and The Rose Tattoo for the National Theatre. His television credits include Trial and Retribution, Criminal Justice and Spooks and his film credits include Dirty Pretty Things and Closer to the Moon.

Trevor Fox

Trevor Fox

Trevor has previously worked with Jeremy Herrin in Toast, Two’s Company and NE1 for Live Theatre Company. His other theatre credits include The Pitmen Painters for the National Theatre, on Broadway and at the Duchess Theatre, The Cherry Orchard for Oxford Stage Company and Billy Elliot The Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre. His television credits include Diamond Geezer, Northern Lights and Doctors and on film his credits include Billy Elliot, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and Sub Zero.

John MacMillan

John MacMillan

John was nominated for the Ian Charleson award for his roles in Hamlet at the Donmar Warehouse and Macbeth at the Royal Exchange Theatre. He was last at the Almeida in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and was previously seen in Cheek by Jowl’s production of Cymbeline. His television credits include Silk, Hustle and Sherlock. His film credits include The Dark Knight Rises, Hanna and Heartless.

Sally Rogers

Sally Rogers

Sally's theatre credits include The Duchess of Malfi, Billy Liar and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui for the National Theatre as well as Uganda and The People are Friendly at the Royal Court. Her television credits include Little Britain, Come Fly with Me and Attachments. Her film credits include Top Dog, A Demon in My View and A Short History of Ten Pin Bowling.

Director Jeremy Herrin
Design Robert Innes Hopkins
Lighting Neil Austin
Sound Ian Dickinson
Composer Paul Englishby
Casting Julia Horan
Fight Director Bret Yount
Assistant Director Daniel Raggett


Matthew Dunster

Matthew is a director, playwright and actor as well as an Associate Director at the Young Vic Theatre.  

Writing for the stage includes: The Most Incredible Thing (with The Pet Shop Boys / Javier de Frutos, Sadler’s Wells); 1984 (adaptation); You Used to Tell Me; The Glazier; Two Clouds Over Eden; The Band; You Can See The Hills (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester).

Writing for BBC Radio 4: Depth of Field; Poor Echo.

Direction for the stage includes: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (summer 2012, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Saturday Night Sunday Morning (also adaptation); Macbeth (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester); The Two Gentleman of Verona (Royal & Derngate, Northampton); Doctor Faustus; The Frontline (Shakespeare’s Globe); Mogadishu (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester / Lyric Hammersmith); Love the Sinner (National Theatre); Testing the Echo (Out of Joint); The Member of the Wedding; Some Voices (Young Vic); Love and Money (Young Vic / Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, nominated for Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre); Cruising (The Bush); Project D: I’m Mediocre (The Work); Port Authority (Liverpool Everyman).

Direction for BBC Radio 4: Love and Money.

Jeremy Herrin

Jeremy is Associate Director at the Royal Court.

Theatre includes: Haunted Child; The Heretic; Tusk Tusk; The Priory; Kin; The Vertical Hour; That Face; (Royal Court); Death and the Maiden (Comedy Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare’s Globe); South Downs (Minerva Theatre); Off The Endz (Jerwood Theatre); Merble (The Abbey Theatre, Dublin); Family Reunion (Donmar Warehouse); Blackbird (Market Theatre, Johannesburg); Gathered Dust and Dead Skin; The Lovers; Dirty Note; Our Kind Of Fun; Sudden Collapse in Public Places; Toast; Smack Family Robinson; Attachments; From the Underworld; The Last Post; Personal Belongings; NE1; Knives in Hens (Live Theatre, Newcastle); Statement of Regret (National Theatre).

Film includes: The Inventor; Linked; Dead Terry; Warmth Cold Ceiling.

Radio includes: Flare Path; The Vertical Hour.


Robert Innes Hopkins

Robert studied Theatre Design at Nottingham Polytechnic and graduated in 1991.

Theatre includes: Bingo (Young Vic and Chichester); Swallows and Amazons (Bristol Old Vic / West End / UK tour); Goodnight Mister Tom (national tour); Wanderlust; The Priory; Tusk Tusk; Redundant (Royal Court); Clybourne Park (Royal Court / West End); Dunsinane (Royal Shakespeare Company); Wallenstein; Carousel (Chichester Festival Theatre) and many others.

Opera includes: Prince Igor (Opernhaus Zurich); Heart of Darkness (ROH2); Tristan und Isolde (Den Norske Opera); Parsifal (Estonian National Opera); Xerxes (Stockholm Royal Opera); The Rape of Lucretia (Snape Maltings); Billy Budd; Peter Grimes; Wozzeck (Santa Fe Opera); Carmen (Bolshoi Theatre); Lohengrin (Grand Théâtre de Genève); Rigoletto (Lyric Opera of Chicago); Betrothal in a Monastery (Glyndebourne Festival); The Bartered Bride (Opera North); Die Soldaten (Ruhr Triennale / Lincoln Center Festival).

Future work includes: Nabucco (De Vlaamse Opera); Lohengrin (San Francisco Opera).

Robert’s awards include Opernwelt Set Designer of the Year (2007) for Die Soldaten.


Neil Austin

For the Almeida: Mrs Klein; Judgment Day; The Homecoming; Marianne Dreams; Dying For It; Tom & Viv; Romance; Macbeth.

Olivier Award for The White Guard at the National Theatre. Tony Award & Drama Desk Award for Red at the Golden Theatre, Broadway.

Theatre includes: She Stoops to Conquer; The Veil; The Cherry Orchard; Women Beware Women; London Assurance; England People Very Nice; The Observer; Oedipus; Her Naked Skin; Philistines; The Man of Mode; Thérèse Raquin (National Theatre); Hamlet; Madame de Sade; Twelfth Night (Donmar West End); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; King Lear; Passion; Red; A Streetcar Named Desire; Piaf; Parade; Frost/Nixon; The Wild Duck; After Miss Julie; Caligula (Donmar Warehouse); The Sunshine Boys; South Downs/The Browning Version; Death and the Maiden; Betty Blue Eyes; The Children’s Hour; Dealer’s Choice; No Man’s Land (West End); The Faith Machine; Tusk Tusk; Flesh Wound; Trust (Royal Court); Evita; Hamlet; The Seafarer; Frost/Nixon (Broadway).

Dance includes: Cinderella (New Adventures); As One; Rhapsody (Royal Ballet).


Ian Dickinson

For the Almeida: A Delicate Balance; Mrs Klein.

Theatre includes: South Downs/The Browning Version; Absent Friends (Harold Pinter Theatre); Bingo; Love and Money; Senora Carrar’s Rifles (Young Vic); Haunted Child; Spur Of The Moment; Wig Out!; Now or Later; Rhinoceros; Krapp's Last Tape; Drunk Enough to Say I Love You; Piano/Forte; Motortown; Ladybird; Herons (Royal Court); Betrayal; The Misanthrope (Comedy Theatre); Jerusalem (Royal Court / Apollo Theatre / Broadway); Cause Célèbre (The Old Vic); Top Girls (Chichester / Trafalgar Studios / Tour); Mogadishu (Manchester Royal Exchange / Lyric Hammersmith); 13; Season’s Greetings; After the Dance; Our Class; All’s Well That Ends Well; Death and the King’s Horseman; Harper Regan; The Hothouse; Pillars of the Community (National Theatre); John Gabriel Borkman (Abbey Theatre / BAM); Pieces of Vincent (Arcola); 1984; Macbeth; Port; As You Like It; Poor Superman; Martin Yesterday; Fast Food; Coyote Ugly (Manchester Royal Exchange); The Rise And Fall of Little Voice (Vaudeville); Othello; Much Ado About Nothing; Night of the Soul (RSC); Testing the Echo; King of Hearts (Out of Joint); The Seagull (Royal Court / Broadway); Rock ‘n’ Roll (Royal Court / Duke of York’s / Broadway); A Few Good Men (Theatre Royal Haymarket); Shining City (Royal Court / Gate Theatre Dublin); Hitchcock Blonde (Royal Court / Lyric West End).

Opera includes: Don Giovanni (ENO).

Paul Englishby

For the Almeida:
Marianne Dreams.

Theatre includes: Written on the Heart; Cardenio; Twelfth Night; Hamlet; Love’s Labour’s Lost; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Sejanu (RSC); The Importance of Being Earnest; Travesties; Wuthering Heights (Birmingham Rep); The Giant; Anna in the Tropics; Yellow Man (Hampstead Theatre); Sugar Mummies; Blood (Royal Court); The Game of Love and Chance; Private Lives (Salisbury Playhouse); Longitude (Greenwich Theatre); Three Sisters; Romeo and Juliet; South Downs (Chichester Festival); The Thief of Baghdad; Pleasures Progress (Royal Opera House).

Television includes: Inside Men; Luther; Good Cop; Page Eight; Outcasts; Hamlet; An Englishman in New York; The Score; History of Football; Human Jungle; Pictures on the Piano; Hidden Voice; Living with the Enemy; Dancing on the Edge (as Arranger).

Film includes: An Education; Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day; Confetti; Magicians; Ten Minutes Older; The Enlightenment.

Paul was awarded back-to-back ASCAP awards for his scores to the films Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day and An Education. His score for the David Hare’s Page Eight has been nominated for this year’s Ivor Novello Awards. Paul is an Associate Artist at the RSC.

Bret Yount
Fight Director

For the Almeida: House of Games; Ruined.

Theatre includes: Death and The Maiden; Absent Friends (Pinter Theatre); Moon on a Rainbow Shawl; Double Feature; Men Should Weep (National Theatre); The Recruiting Officer (Donmar Warehouse); Clybourne Park (also Wyndham’s); Belong; Posh (also Duke of York’s); Our Private Life; Redbud; Spur of the Moment; Disconnect (Royal Court); A Streetcar Named Desire (Liverpool Playhouse); MacBeth (Liverpool Everyman);  Faith and Cold Reading; Inheritance (Live Theatre, Newcastle); Bedroom Farce (national tour); Eigengrau; Like a Fishbone; The Knowledge (Bush Theatre); Shraddha; Piranha Heights; This Isn’t Romance (Soho Theatre); Too Much Pressure; Babylone (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry); A Clockwork Orange; Shalom, Baby!; The Graft; Two Women (Theatre Royal, Stratford East); The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Curve, Leicester); The Caretaker (Liverpool Everyman Playhouse / Trafalgar Studios); Category B; The Great Game (Tricycle Theatre); Annie Get Your Gun (Young Vic); The Fastest Clock In The Universe (Hampstead Theatre); The House Of Special Purpose (Chichester Festival Theatre); The Harder They Come (Playhouse Theatre, London / Barbican / Toronto);

Film and television includes: Troy; The New Girl; Shades of Beige; Against All Odds; Blue Peter

Daniel Raggett
Assistant Director

As a director: The Seagull (Bloomsbury Theatre); Close (Arcola Theatre); Mr Kolpert (Csoco, Edinburgh).

As an assistant director: Romeo & Juliet (Headlong / tour); Macbeth (Bloomsbury Theatre).



Previews Thu 17 - Wed 23 May  
Press Night Thu 24 May (7pm)

Evening performances 7.30pm
Saturday matinees 2.30pm from 26 May
Wednesday matinees 2.30pm on 30 May & 20 June 

Running time is approximately 2 hours 35 minutes, including one 20 minute interval.
Latecomers may not be admitted; likewise if you leave the auditorium during the performance you may not be able to return.

Happy Mondays
21 May
Talkback Mon 11 June (post performance)

Tue 26 June, 7.30pm
Audio-described Sat 23 June, 2.30pm (Touch Tour at 1pm)

£8, £16, £24, £32
See seating plan for further details

£8, £16, £22, £26

Concessions* (Jobseekers Allowance, Full-Time Students, Over 60s)
Mon – Thu evenings £16 (normal price £22 / £24)
Wed & Sat matinees £16 (any seat in the house)

Deaf and disabled patrons*
All performances £16 (any seat in the house)

Islington First* Discounted tickets if you live or work in Islington
Thu 17 - Tue 29 May £20 (best available)
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Under 30s*
Valid on all Mondays of the run £16 (best available)
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Young Friends of the Almeida
Happy Mondays £3
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Educational Group Bookings
Partner schools £12
Other UK state schools £20
Visit the Education section of our website to find out more about these and how to book

*All concessions are subject to availability and proof of eligibility must be presented when booking and collecting tickets.

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