The Royal Court at Xmas offers Hope wrapped in a political fable

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How do you save 22 million pounds? Mark and Hilary, the leaders of the council are about to find out.

Hope is an urgent, responsive play about where we are right now politically. It opens at the Royal Court from November 26.

“We live in an age of cuts. We are a working class town, that’s our strength – and in the current climate, our weakness.”

Jack Thorne’s funny, heartfelt and scathing fable attacks the squeeze on local government, examines our disillusionment with the current political parties and asks where we go from here.

Hope is the BAFTA-winning writers first original play to be staged at the Royal Court.

It follows Thorne’s success with Glue and This is England ’86 and reunites him with director John Tiffany after their celebrated production Let the Right One In, which transferred to the West End earlier this year.

The cast includes Rudi Dharmalingam, Sharon Duncan- Brewster, Jo Eastwood, Christine Entwisle, Tom Georgeson, Stella Gonet, Paul Higgins, Tommy Knight and Nisha Nayar.

The production, directed by John Tiffany, runs in Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at the Royal Court from November 26-January 10.

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