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+

Duration: 2 hours, with an interval. Interval times will vary at each venue.

For information about BSL, captioned performances and accessibility please check the tour venue websites listed below.

Schools workshops are available alongside this production. A free educational Resource Pack is also available to download.

Resource Pack

Tour Dates


Derby Theatre

1 - 16 Feb


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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