“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.
Age guidance: 12+
Content Warning: Noughts & Crosses explores a segregated world, in which daily life presents various struggles, inequities, and challenging circumstances. As such, the show contains some themes that viewers may find upsetting to watch.
The show contains depictions of; racism and its effects on physical and mental health, alcoholism, bullying, capital punishment, violence (including domestic violence). The show contains mild sexual content and some strong language, alongside references to sexual violence and suicide.
The show contains loud noises, haze, and strobe lighting.
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 when they are announced.
York Theatre Royal
Richmond Theatre, London
27 September – 1 October
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
Northern Stage, Newcastle
Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich
The Alexandra, Birmingham
The Lowry, Salford
Belgrade Theatre Coventry
Rose Theatre Kingston
31 Jan-11 Feb
Brighton Theatre Royal
21 Feb-25 Feb
Bath Theatre Royal
28 Feb-4 Mar
7 Mar-11 Mar
28 Mar-1 Apr
The Noughts and Crosses Resource Pack is for students studying Drama and Performing Arts and can be used as a text to perform or a devising stimulus for KS3, GCSE, BTEC or A Level.
It contains comprehensive lesson plans, handouts, access to filmed scenes of the production, and includes the newly published playtext of the adaptation by the playwright Sabrina Mahfouz
All workshops are bespoke and tailored to the needs of your students, and can be scheduled pre- or post-performance at your school, college or university. To arrange a workshop, please email us directly: [email protected]
A practical drama session exploring the play, production, characters, and themes delivered by a Pilot artist. The workshop can be tailored to using Noughts & Crosses as a creative stimulus for devising, exploring Noughts & Crosses as a set-text, or examining social justice issues related to the play.
For state schools: 2 sessions or a full day: £275 + VAT
1 session (up to 2 hours): £200 + VAT
For private schools: 2 sessions or a full day: £375 + VAT
1 session (up to 2 hours): £300 + VAT
Original production presented by Pilot Theatre, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Derby Theatre, Mercury Theatre Colchester and York Theatre Royal.