World Premiere
A co-production with Theatre Royal Bath.

Laughing Boy

BY STEPHEN UNWIN.
AFTER JUSTICE FOR LAUGHING BOY BY SARA RYAN.

DIRECTED BY STEPHEN UNWIN.

25 April -
31 May 2024

Overview

‘So much magic. So much love. So much laughter. So much work. So much rage. And so many tears.’

Connor is, well, Connor. He loves buses, Eddie Stobart, and Lego. He also has learning disabilities. When he dies an entirely preventable death in NHS care, his mum Sara can’t get a straight answer as to how it happened. But Sara and her family won’t stop asking questions and soon an extraordinary campaign emerges. Demanding the truth, it uncovers a scandal of neglect and indifference that goes beyond Connor’s death to thousands of others.

Both personal and political, Sara Ryan’s impassioned, frank, and surprisingly funny story bursts onto the stage for the first time. Writer and Director Stephen Unwin returns to Jermyn Street Theatre following his first play All Our Children and directing the sold out hit Farm Hall. 

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People

Janie Dee
SARA RYAN
Janie is winner of multiple Olivier, Evening Standard, Critics' Circle, Obie, Theatre World Newcomer and TMA Theatre Awards. She is renowned for her roles in Carousel and Follies at the National Theatre and was most recently seen in Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends at Gielgud Theatre.
Forbes Masson
RICH
Forbes was most recently seen at JST in Farm Hall. He has worked with theatres such as the RSC, Chichester Festival Theatre, and the Globe. Other theatre appearances include multiple roles in Rebecca Frecknall’s acclaimed production of Summer and Smoke (2018).
Alfie Friedman
CONNOR SPARROWHAWK
Alfie can be seen in The Undeclared War on Channel 4 and was previously on stage in The Witches of Eastwick at The Sondheim Theatre.
Lee Braithwaite
Owen
Lee was most recently seen starring as Lucy / Lou in Cowbois at the RSC and Royal Court Theatre.
Charlie Ives
Will
Charlie's previous credits include Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story at Nottingham Playhouse and Alexandra Palace, Private Lives at Ambassadors Theatre on the West End, and Mrs Warren's Profession at Theatre Royal Bath.
Molly Osborne
Rosie
Molly made her West End debut in 2019 in Fiddler on the Roof which subsequently won an Olivier for Best Musical Revival and she will soon appear in the screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys, produced by Amazon Studios.
Daniel Rainford
Tom
Daniel's previous credits include Noises Off at Birmingham Rep and on UK Tour, Private Peaceful at Nottingham Playhouse, and Once Upon a Time in Nazi Occupied Tunisia at Almeida Theatre.

Stephen Unwin
Director
Sara Ryan
Writer
Simon Higlett
Designer
Ben Ormerod
Lighting Designer
Matt Powell
Video Designer
Holly Khan
Sound Designer
Daisy Francis-Bryden
Stage Manager
Grace Hancock
Technical ASM
Ashen Gupta
Associate Director
Rachel Griffin
Costume Supervisor
Sam Chown-Ahern
Assistant Director
Anna Wood
Associate Sound Designer
Douglas Baker
Assistant Video Designer
Ginny Schiller
Casting Director


Media

“Unwin gets first-rate performances from his cast.”

The Times on All Our Children
 

Tickets

25 April -
31 May 2024

Monday to Saturday
7.30pm

Tuesday, Saturday
3.00pm


Relaxed Performances
Wed 1 May 7.30pm, Sat 4 May 3.00pm, Tue 7 May 3.00pm, Fri 10 May 7.30pm, Wed 15 May 7.30pm, Sat 18 May 3.00pm, Tue 21 May 3.00pm, Fri 24 May 7.30pm

Preview Tickets (Thurs 25 & 26 Apr) £15
The Half Tickets £26 (£22 conc.) booked before 21 February
Concessions available to under-30s, over 65's, theatre unions, anyone with access needs or in receipt of Universal Credit and students

The Quarter Tickets £31 (£27 conc.) booked between 22 February – 24 April
Concessions available to under-30s, over 65's, theatre unions, anyone with access needs or in receipt of Universal Credit and students

Beginners Tickets £35 (£31 concessions) booked after 25 April
Concessions available to under-30s, over 65's, theatre unions, anyone with access needs or in receipt of Universal Credit and students

10 for £10
Every day 10 tickets for £10 are available for under 30s or those in receipt of Universal Credit, only bookable from 12 noon on day of performance by calling box office.

Captioned Performance Mon 20 May 7.30pm