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Royal Court Theatre, London4.548 reviews
The team behind Harry Potter and the Cursed Child reunite in The End of History at Royal Court Theatre

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the end of history... tickets now available for Jack Thorne's newest play at London's London's Royal Court Theatre

It’s 1997 in Newbury and Sal and David have achieved the impossible. They’ve managed to get all of their children back home for the weekend. Sal is trying to cook dinner for the family, something she says she has absolutely no talent for. What she is good at is annoying her children.

Carl, the eldest is bringing his new girlfriend home to meet the family for the first time. Middle child Polly is returning from Cambridge University especially for the reunion and youngest son Tom is scheduled to be out of detention in time to join the family for dinner.

Sal and David have raised their kids on a steady diet of left-wing ideals and welfarism as opposed to fancy meals. They’ve named their children after their socialist heroes and have big expectations but try not to be the type of parents who judge too much. 

From Harry Potter and the Cursed Child writer and director

Prolific British writer Jack Thorne has 5 BAFTA awards to his name. He is known for his television writing on shows such as Shameless and Skins and creating the shows the shows GlueThe Last Panthers, and Kiri. His most recent work for television includes The Virtues on Channel 4 with Shane Meadows. Thorne's theatrical works include Woyzeck and A Christmas Carol at The Old Vic. Director John Tiffany has 2 Tony Awards and an Olivier Award for his direction. He has directed RoadThe Twits and The Pass for the Royal Court Theatre. Jack Thorne and John Tiffany are the multi-award-winning team behind the wildly successful West End and Broadway runs of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. They have previously collaborated on Hope and Let the Right One In for the Royal Court.

the end of history... West End cast

Casting was recently announced for the premiere of the end of history... Starring in the London Royal Court production will be Present Laughter's Zoe Boyle as Harriet, The Ferryman's Laurie Davidson as Tom, David Morrissey as David, Kate O'Flynn as Polly, Sam Swainsbury as Carl, and Lesley Sharp as Sal.

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Additional Information

Age restriction

To be confirmed.

Running time

To be confirmed.

Performance dates

27 June - 10 August 2019.

Special notes

Please note on 17 July there will be a post-show talk: Writer Jack Thorne in conversation with Royal Court Young Agitators. This event will be free to patrons with a ticket for that evening's performance.


There will be captioned performances Wed 10, 17 , 24, 31 Jul & 7 Aug at 7.30pm, an audio-described performance on Sat 3 Aug at 2.30pm with a touch tour at 1pm, and a relaxed environment performance on Sat 27 Jul at 2.30pm.

Venue Information

Royal Court TheatreSloane Square, London, SW1 8AS

Customer Reviews

48 reviews4.5

Rita Packford13th August

I would have welcomed more detailed references to Sally's background and political involvement as her children grew up nearer the beginning rather than right at the end of the play. Brilliantly acted by David Morrissey and Lesley Sharpe.

Jan Phillips11th August

Absolutely fabulous! I laughed and I cried! I was immersed and felt part of the narrative. I immediately wanted to read the script, rich, funny and sincere. Loved it!

Moira Gallagher11th August

Excellent cast , staging superb, the time flew by, left me wanting more.

Doug Whittaker10th August

an entertaining evening - amusing and thoughtful; strong characters who deliver.

Ann Castle9th August

Enjoyed the content of the play very much; I have people like David and Sal in my friendship circle! So many actors mumble their lines these days but the cast of 'The End of History' projected their voices.

Mrs Alison I Goodier9th August

A great thought provoking play.

Segrave Elisa8th August

Very enjoyable and provocative and even handed as regards all the characters except class prejudiced towards Harriet

Ellie8th August

Brilliant show. Theatre seats a bit snug but wonderful overall

Signoradrago6th August

Will have you laughing out loud.

KayP4th August

Family issues reflected on stage so close to reality... Brilliantly done by author & actors.

Customer4th August

The cast were excellent and the play was so absorbing, it was brilliant! We thoroughly enjoyed it.

Duncan Field4th August

Excellent show that was enjoyed by my Mum and brother alongside me. A lot of funny lines alongside the poignant moments.