Pennyroyal

by Lucy Roslyn

12 July - 6 August 2022

“I think of my body sometimes like it’s stubborn. We’re not good friends. Like it’s a spooky hotel, and I’m just a ghost haunting it. ’Cause you don’t live in a hotel, you just pass through.”

The world premiere

A heartrending new play about sisterhood and motherhood; enduring love and regrets many years in the making.

When Daphne is diagnosed with Premature Ovarian Insufficiency at 19, her sister Christine steps in to help in the only way she knows how: by donating her eggs. For a moment, the world seems corrected. But as the years go by and Daphne sets out on the long road of IVF, the sisters’ relationship begins to twist. Pennyroyal explores the things expected of women and what happens when life doesn’t go to plan.

Pennyroyal is inspired by Edith Wharton’s 1922 novella The Old Maid, which was adapted ten years later into a Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Zoe Akins. A hundred years on, the story is reimagined by Lucy Roslyn, with direction by Josh Roche.

COVID SAFE
As one of the most intimate theatre venues in London, we are taking every possible precaution to ensure the safety of performers, staff, and audience members during the current pandemic.
Audience members will be temperature-checked upon their arrival at the theatre, and masks are mandatory at all times, including during the performance.
In order to ensure that the Finborough Theatre is still accessible for those who are CEV (Clinically Extremely Vulnerable) or those who would just prefer it, all Sunday matinee performances are Covid Pass Sundays when we will ask for proof of vaccination as well as mask wearing.
We have reduced our audience capacity to 85% and adjusted our ticket prices to reflect this. We have been reviewing these protocols every month and will lift them as soon as it is safe to do so.
For full information, please see our full Covid-19 policy here.

About the Playwright Lucy Roslyn

Playwright Lucy Roslyn is an award-winning performer and writer. Her most recent work includes Orlando, a previous collaboration with Josh Roche and Jessie Anand Productions, which won the Origins Award at VAULT Festival before transferring to the Pleasance Edinburgh. Other work includes Showmanship (Theatre503) and Goody (Pleasance Edinburgh and Greenwich Theatre – Les Enfants Terribles’ Greenwich Partnership Award 2017). Her critically acclaimed debut The State vs. John Hayes started life at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, before touring to Theatre Royal Bath, The Lowry, the King’s Head Theatre and OSH Brooklyn.

About the Director Josh Roche

Director Josh Roche is the winner of the JMK Award 2017 for which he directed My Name is Rachel Corrie at The Young Vic with Erin Doherty. He returns to the Finborough Theatre where he directed acclaimed productions of Howard Brenton’s Magnificence and Laura Jacqmin’s A Third. Other direction includes Home (Chichester Festival Theatre), Radio (Audible and Arcola Theatre) and Plastic (Old Red Lion Theatre and Mercury Theatre, Colchester). Later this year, he will direct No Particular Order (Theatre503 and Ellandar Productions). He is a reader for Sonia Friedman Productions and former literary associate at Soho Theatre. Josh was Associate Director on David Haig’s Pressure (Park Theatre, West End and UK tour). Assistant Direction includes The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare’s Globe), Eternal Love (English Touring Theatre), Death of a Salesman (Royal Shakespeare Company and West End), Doctor Faustus and The Alchemist (Royal Shakespeare Company and Barbican), and Farinelli and the King (West End). He is the co-founder of the OpenHire campaign.

The press on playwright Lucy Roslyn

★★★★★ “Gripping and understated” London Theatre 1 on Orlando
★★★★ “She has created a very special, intriguing and disturbing piece of theatre – it may only be an hour in length but its impact lasts much longer.” The Stage on The State vs. John Hayes
★★★★ “A captivating piece of smooth storytelling” Broadway World on Orlando
★★★★ “Roslyn proves that she is a storyteller at heart” The Upcoming on Orlando
★★★★ “Fantastic dark humour” Culture Fly on The State vs. John Hayes
★★★★ “Remarkably poetic” Broadway Baby on Showmanship

The press on director Josh Roche

★★★★ “Josh Roche’s powerful and disturbing revival reclaims Storey’s play” The Guardian on Home
★★★★ “Astute, touching revival” The Telegraph on Home
★★★★ “Josh Roche directs with graceful restraint” The Guardian on Radio
★★★★ “Josh Roche handles the rich, rambling intricacy of Smith’s text with finesse” The Stage on Radio
★★★★ “The brilliance of Josh Roche's JMK award-winning staging is that it balances the two – honouring Corrie's personal politics and experiences while resisting a play that wants to politicise both” WhatsOnStage on My Name is Rachel Corrie
★★★★★ “Josh Roche’s taut production grips like a vice” The Reviews Hub on Plastic

12 July - 6 August 2022

Weeks 1 and 2

Prices until 24 July 2022

Tickets £20, £18 Concessions

Concession Details

Tickets £20, £18 concessions, except Tuesday evenings £18 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £20 all seats. Previews (12 and 13 July) £15 all seats.
£10 tickets for Under 30s for performances from Tuesday to Sunday of the first week when booked online only.
£15 tickets for residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on Saturday, 16 July 2022 at 7.30pm when booked online only.
Group Bookings for all performances – 1 free ticket in every 10 purchased.
Pre-bookable concessions are available for the following groups:
Children aged 16 and under
Students in full-time education
Jobseeker’s Allowance and low income benefits claimants
Disability Benefit claimants
Senior Citizens aged 60+
and Equity, BECTU, MU and other entertainment union members in full benefit on Sunday matinees only.

Weeks 3 and 4

Prices from 26 July 2022

Tickets £23, £20 Concessions

Concession Details

Tickets £23, £20 concessions, except Tuesday evenings £20 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £23 all seats.
Group Bookings for all performances – 1 free ticket in every 10 purchased.
Pre-bookable concessions are available for the following groups:
Children aged 16 and under
Students in full-time education
Jobseeker’s Allowance and low income benefits claimants
Disability Benefit claimants
Senior Citizens aged 60+
and Equity, BECTU, MU and other entertainment union members in full benefit on Sunday matinees only.

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PLEASE NOTE THAT LATECOMERS CANNOT BE ADMITTED AND TICKETS CANNOT BE EXCHANGED OR REFUNDED.

Tickets and Times

Tuesday 7:30pm
Wednesday 7:30pm
Thursday 7:30pm
Friday 7:30pm
Saturday 3:00pm
7:30pm
Sunday 3:00pm

Approximately 75 minutes.