The Children

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The Children

by Lucy Kirkwood


Hazel and Robin, sixty something nuclear engineers, have retired to a remote seaside cottage and a life of yoga, salad and soil-tilling. All very charming until you realise that this simple lifestyle, which harks back to a bygone age, is partially enforced. Just down the road is the wreck of the nuclear power station where they used to work. Electricity is rationed, the cattle are dead and the water not safe to drink. No wonder, then, that when long-lost colleague Rose turns up unexpectedly, Hazel is apprehensive. Rightly so, it turns out, for Rose, who is pretty, enigmatic and damaged, brings a reckoning.

The Children

Samuel J Friedman Theatre

First Preview 28, Nov 2017

Opening Night 12, Dec 2017

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Francesca Annis
Ron Cook
Deborah Findlay



Produced by Manhattan Theatre Club Lynne Meadow, Barry Grove, The Royal Court Theatre, Vicky Featherstone, Lucy Davies
Written by Lucy Kirkwood
Directed by James Macdonald
Scenic Design by Miriam Buether
Costume Design by Miriam Buether
Lighting Design by Peter Mumford
Sound Design by Max Pappenheim


Theatre Seat Plan and Access Details

The Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (formerly the Biltmore Theatre) is a Broadway theatre located at 261 West 47th Street in midtown-Manhattan.Designed by architect Herbert J. Krapp for impresario Irwin Chanin, it opened on December 7, 1925 with the play Easy Come Easy Go. With a seating capacity of 903, it was one of Broadway’s smaller venues. The theatre was used by Federal Theatre’s Living Newspaper project in the 1930s. CBS leased it for use as a radio and television studio from 1952 until 1961.

In 1968, the groundbreaking rock musical Hair opened at the theatre.In 1987, a fire struck the Biltmore. The blaze, which was later determined to be an act of arson, destroyed the interior. After the fire, the building sat vacant for fourteen years, suffering more structural damage from water and vandals. The theatre’s ownership changed hands several times between 1987 and 2001, but most plans proposed for its future use – such as a showcase for “Best of Broadway” revues – were rejected since its New York City landmark designation required it to operate only as a legitimate Broadway house if renovated.



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261 W 47th St (between Broadway St & 8th Ave) New York, NY 10036

Subway: C, E to 50th St; N, R to 49th St; 1 to 50th St
(212) 399-3000
Box Office
Monday Noon – 6pm Tues – Saturday : Noon – Curtain Time pm Sunday 10am – 600pm
Access Information
MTC’s Friedman Theatre is accessible to people with disabilities and is equipped with a hearing augmentation system
Wheelchair accessible restrooms are located on the lower and mezzanine levels. Elevators and escalators are available to all levels.
The Friedman Theatre seats 650. Seating is on Orchestra, Premier Circle and Mezzanine levels.



The Children by Lucy Kirkwood on Broadway Manhatten Theatre Club