Paul Bentall, Sandy Grierson, Helena Lymbery, Sophia Di Martino, Siobhan McSweeney, Francesca Mills, Abraham Popoola, Paul G Raymond and Dorian Simpson have been cast in the world premiere of Pity, by Rory Mullarkey. It is directed by Royal Court Associate Director (International) Sam Pritchard and will feature members of Fulham Brass Band. Tickets.

Pity is designed by Royal Court Associate Designer Chloe Lamford, with costume design by Annemarie Woods, lighting design by Anna Watson, composition by Tom Deering, sound design by Pete Malkin and movement direction by Sasha Milavic Davies.

The production runs Thursday 12 July 2018 – Saturday 11 August 2018 with press performances at 7pm Wednesday 18 July 2018 and 7.30pm Thursday 19 July 2018. The reviews are embargoed until 11.59pm Thursday 19 April 2018.

“Two bombs in one day is a foul coincidence”

“Don’t forget the lightning strike”

A normal day.

A person stands in the market square watching the world go by.

What happens next verges on the ridiculous.

There’s ice cream. Sunshine. Shops. Some dogs. A wedding. Bombs. Candles. Blood. Lightning. Sandwiches. Snipers. Looting. Gunshots. Babies. Actors. Azaleas. Famine. Fountains. Statues. Atrocities.

And tanks. (Probably).

Rory Mullarkey’s new play asks whether things really are getting worse. And if we care.


There will be a post-show talk on Tuesday 24 July, 2018 with playwright Rory Mullarkey. Pity Tickets.


Rory Mullarkey (Writer)
For the Royal Court: The Wolf from the Door, Remembrance Day [translation].
Other theatre includes: The Cherry Orchard [translation] (& Bristol Old Vic), Cannibals, Single Sex (Royal Exchange, Manchester); Saint George & the Dragon (National); The Oresteia [adaptation] (Globe); Each Slow Dusk (Pentabus/UK tour); The Grandfathers (NT Connections/Bristol Old Vic/National); On the Threshing Floor (Heat&Light Company/Hampstead).
Libretti include: The Skating Rink (Garsington Opera); Coraline (ROH); The Way Back Home (ENO/Young Vic).
Awards include: Abraham Woursell Prize [co-winner]; Pearson Playwrights’ Bursary for the Royal Exchange; George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright [co-winner]; James Tait Black Prize for Drama.

Sam Pritchard (Director)
For the Royal Court: Grimly Handsome [co-creator], B.
Theatre includes: Pygmalion (Headlong/West Yorkshire Playhouse/Nuffield & National tour); There Has Possibly Been an Incident (Royal Exchange, Manchester/Soho/Edinburgh Festival Fringe/Theatertreffen, Berlin); Fireface (Young Vic); Galka Motalka (Royal Exchange, Manchester).
Sam was the winner of the JMK Award for Directors in 2012. He is the Associate Director (International) at the Royal Court.

Paul Bentall (Cast)
Theatre includes: Harry Potter & the Cursed Child (West End); The Captain of Kopenick, Edward II, Antigone, The Comedy of Errors, Timon of Athens, Theatre of Blood (National); Slaves (Theatre503); Time of My Life (Watford Palace); The Burial at Thebes (Nottingham Playhouse); Habeas Corpus, Measure for Measure, You Never Can Tell (Theatre Royal Bath); Brighton Rock (Almeida); Coffee House (Chichester Festival); A Servant to Two Masters (& Young Vic), The Jacobeans, Jubilee, Love in a Wood, Cymbeline, Henry VIII, The Spanish Tragedy, Faust, Julius Caesar, Richard III, The Taming of the Shrew (RSC).
Television includes: SS GB, Dark Angel, Apocalypse Slough, Benidorm, Midwinter of the Spirit, War & Peace, Law & Order, Consenting Adults, Why We Went to War, Trial & Retribution, Casualty, The Bill, The Governor.
Film includes: Lyrebird, Bridget Jones' Baby, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Private Peaceful.
Radio includes: Richard III.

Sandy Grierson (Cast)
Theatre includes: Dido Queen of Carthage, Doctor Faustus, What Country Friends is this: Twelfth Night/The Comedy of Errors/The Tempest, The 13 Midnight Challenges of Angelus Diablo (RSC); Charlie Sonata, The Lion the Witch & the Wardrobe, The Wizard of Oz, (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh); Lanark (& EIF), James & the Giant Peach, Charlotte’s Web (Citizens); Anything That Gives Off Light (& The T.E.A.M.), Dunsinane, Home, (National Theatre of Scotland); The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler, Little Otik, (& N.T.S.), Saturday Night, The Beggar’s Opera (& Royal Lyceum/Belgrade), Subway, Lost Ones, Mancub, Stars Beneath the Sea, The Invisible Man (Vanishing Point); Grit (Pachamama); Nutcracker, Mister Holgado (Unicorn); The Arabian Nights (Tricycle); Tonight Sandy Grierson Will Lecture Box & Dance (& Assembly Rooms), Theatre Brothel – Rhetoric (& Almeida), My Arm, A Prayer (Greyscale); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Headlong); Zorro (& Visible Fictions), Cherry Blossom (Traverse): Monsters (Arcola/Strawberry Vale); Gagarin Way (Theatre Royal, Bath); Oresteia, Witkacy: Idiota, Mr Pinocchio (Lazzi); Fergus Lamont (Communicado); Privately Personal Lives of Dorian Gray (Cumbernauld); The Soul of Chien-Nu Leaves Her Body (Young Vic); Dybuk, Little Requiem for Kantor, The Night of the Great Season (Ariel Teatr); Satire of the Four Estates (Wildcat).
Television includes: Legit, Outlander
Film includes: Victoria & Abdul, Night People, No Hot Ashes.
Radio includes: Measure for Measure, Providing, Happy Place,The Beautiful Cosmos of Ivor Cutler, 60 Degrees North, Down Boy, Lanark, Topaz, Dunsinane, My Romantic History, The Incomplete Work of Dave McCabe, McLeavy: A Bolt from the Blue & Blaze, Vanishing Point, The Charming Mr Kharms, The Royal Game, Between Two Worlds, Dreaming Dickens, Confessions of a Justified Sinner.
Awards include: Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland for Best Male Performance (Lanark & Fergus Lamont)

Helena Lymbery (Cast)
For the Royal Court: Rough Cuts, God Bless the Child, The Laws of War.
Other theatre includes: The Wolves Are Coming For You (Pentabus); Harry Potter & the Cursed Child (West End); We Want You To Watch, Treasure Island, This House, The Cat in the Hat, ...some trace of her, Women of Troy, Attempts on her Life, Iphigenia at Aulis, His Dark Materials, Wicked Yaar, Henry V (National); The Secret Agent (& Theatre O), After Dido (& ENO), Sleeping Beauty (Young Vic); Coasting (Old Vic, Bristol); Faith, Hope & Charity, Think About Japan (&Nabokov), (Southwark Playhouse); Yerma (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Blackpool (503); Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (Arcola); Al Gran Sole Carico D'Amore (Salzburg Festival); After Dido (ENO/ Young Vic); Hansel & Gretel (Catherine Wheels/ Barbican); Watership Down, The Magic Carpet (Lyric, Hammersmith); Mammals (Bush); Blue Remembered Hills (New Victoria, Stoke).
Television includes: Doctor Foster, Father Brown, Oliver Twist, Alastair McGowan's Big Impression, The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, The Bill, Nietta's Farm, Oranges & Lemons.
Film includes: London Road.

Sophia Di Martino (Cast)
Theatre includes: Diary of a Football Nobody (Nottingham Playhouse); We are Three Sisters (Northern Broadsides); Finding Audrey Cole (National Review of Live Art); 4:48 Psychosis (Aspects).
Television includes: Flowers, Into the Badlands, The Jonah Man, Crackanory, Marvin Can’t Fail, Flowers, Sky Arts Little Crackers: Spencer Jones’ Christmas, Midsomer Murders, The Job Lot, Hetty Feather, Friday Night Dinner, 4 O’Clock Club, Mount Pleasant, Great Night Out, Southcliffe, Eternal Law, The Road to Coronation Street, Casualty, Boy Meets Girl, Spooks: Code 9, Survivors, Heartbeat, The Royal Today, Ideal, New Street Law, Strictly Confidential, Doctors, Holby City.
Film includes: The Darkest Universe, A Royal Night Out, The Marchioness Disaster.

Siobhán McSweeney (Cast)
For the Royal Court: How to Hold your Breath.
Theatre includes: One Voice (Old Vic); Katie Roche (Abbey); Autumn Royal (Everyman Productions); The Alchemist (RSC/ Barbican); Fathers & Sons (Donmar); As You Like It, The Captain of Kopenick, The Kitchen, Mother Courage & Her Children, England People Very Nice (National); Uncle Vanya (Lyric, Belfast); Translations (Curve, Leicester); Dancing at Lughnasa (Birmingham Rep); The Flags (Royal Exchange, Manchester); Midden (Oldham Coliseum).
Television includes: Derry Girls, Collateral, The Fall, No Offence, London Irish.
Film includes: Extra Ordinary, The Wind that Shakes the Barley, Alice in Wonderland: Alice Through the Looking Glass.
Awards include: Manchester Evening News Award for Best Studio Performance (The Flags).

Francesca Mills (Cast)
Theatre includes: See How They Run (tour); The Two Noble Kinsman (Globe); A Tale of Two Cities (Regent’s Park Open Air); Cyrano de Bergerac (Northern Broadsides/ tour); A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer (Complicite/ National); The Government Inspector (Birmingham Repertory/ tour).
Television includes: Harlots, End the Awkward.
Film includes: Zoolander 2.

Paul G Raymond (Cast)
Television includes: Black Mirror, Kiri, The Windsor’s, I Live with Models, Horror Short.
Paul is a member of the comedy group In Cahoots. Pity is Paul’s professional theatre debut.

Abraham Popoola (Cast)
For the Royal Court: The Crossing Plays (& LIFT).
Other theatre includes: Julius Caesar (Bridge Theatre); The Secret Theatre, Boudica (Globe); Othello (Tobacco Factory).
Television includes: Les Misérables, Crazy Diamond, Will, Random Acts: Wilton.

Dorian Simpson (Cast)
Theatre includes: Brighton Rock (Pilot); Persuasion, So Here We Are (Royal Exchange, Manchester); Jason & the Argonauts, Jeramee, Hartleby & Ooglemore (Unicorn); To Dream Again (Clwyd Theatr Cymru); A Good Clean Heart (Other Room); Sherman Swingers (Sherman).
Television includes: Stella.
Film includes: The Guvnors, Abusing Protocol, Turnout.

Pity Tickets
Written by Rory Mullarkey
Directed by Sam Pritchard

Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS
Thursday 12 July 2018 – Saturday 11 August 2018
Monday – Saturday 7.30pm
Thursday & Saturday matinees 2.30pm
Captioned Performance Tuesday 31 July 2018 7.30pm
Audio Described Matinee Saturday 4 August 2018 2.30pm (Touch Tour 1pm)
Press Performances Wednesday 18 July 7pm and Thursday 19 July 7.30pm 2018. The reviews are embargoed until 11.59pm Thursday 19 July 2018.

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