Noughts & Crosses 2020

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


Winner of Excellence in Touring, UK Theatre Awards 2019.
Finalist for Best Show for Children and Young People, UK Theatre Awards 2019.


“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.


**** The Observer
**** The Stage
"a dynamic, powerful, compelling show whatever your age." British Theatre Guide


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

2020 Tour Dates - on sale soon


York Theatre Royal

11-19 September

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Richmond Theatre
22-26 September

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Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
29th September - 3rd October

Belgrade Theatre Coventry

7th -10th October


New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

13-17 October


Birmingham Rep

3-7 November


Nuffield Theatre Southampton

10-14 November


Liverpool Playhouse

17-21 November

More dates to be announced soon.


2019 Tour Dates


Derby Theatre

1 - 16 Feb


Theatr Clwyd

19 - 23 Feb


The Lowry, Salford

26 Feb - 2 Mar

Mercury Theatre Colchester

5 - 9 Mar

Bristol Old Vic

12 - 16 Mar

Theatre Royal Brighton

19 - 23 Mar

Belgrade Theatre Coventry

26 - 30 Mar

York Theatre Royal

2 - 6 Apr


Theatre Royal Stratford East

24 Apr - 4 May 2019


Northern Stage

7 May - 11 May