Noughts & Crosses

By Malorie Blackman

Adapted by Sabrina Mahfouz
Directed by Esther Richardson

Presented by Pilot Theatre and Derby Theatre in co-production by Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Mercury Theatre Colchester and York Theatre Royal


“Why love, if losing hurts so much?”


Sephy and Callum sit together on a beach. They are in love.

It is forbidden.

Sephy is a Cross and Callum is a Nought. Between Noughts and Crosses there are racial and social divides. A segregated society teeters on a volatile knife edge.

As violence breaks out, Sephy and Callum draw closer, but this is a romance that will lead them into terrible danger.

This gripping Romeo and Juliet story by acclaimed writer Malorie Blackman and adapted by Sabrina Mahfouz is a captivating drama of love, revolution and what it means to grow up in a divided world.


Noughts and Crosses follows Pilot Theatre’s acclaimed production of Brighton Rock:

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Age guidance: 12+


Tour Dates


Derby Theatre

1 - 16 Feb

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Theatr Clwyd

19 - 23 Feb

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The Lowry, Salford

26 Feb - 2 Mar

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Mercury Theatre Colchester

5 - 9 Mar

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Bristol Old Vic

12 - 16 Mar

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Theatre Royal Brighton

19 - 23 Mar

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Belgrade Theatre Coventry

26 - 30 Mar

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York Theatre Royal

2 - 6 Apr

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Theatre Royal Stratford East

24 Apr - 4 May 2019

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Northern Stage

7 May - 11 May

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Schools workshops are available alongside this production. A free Education Resource Pack will also be created and accessible via this webpage.