Instructions For Correct Assembly

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A crafty and coy sci-fi satire, Thomas Eccleshare's play Instructions For Correct Assembly puts modern parenthood under the microscope. Read More >

A crafty and coy sci-fi satire, Thomas Eccleshare’s play Instructions For Correct Assembly puts modern parenthood under the microscope.

Playing in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs. Royal Court Associate Director Hamish Pirie directs this clever and funny show about how to create the perfect son.

“Maybe turn down the ‘opinionated’ dial?” Hari and Max weren’t satisfied with their first attempt at parenthood, so they’re giving it a second go. Only this time they’ve got a 30-day money back guarantee and an easy-to-follow construction manual.

They’re certain, as long as they follow it step-by-step, he’s going to be perfect… after all, the instructions can’t be wrong, right?

“This might be a little more complicated than the bed but still, I’m sure it’s the kind of thing we can crack on our own.”

Jane Horrocks, best known for playing the roles of Bubble and Katy Grin in the BBC sitcom Absolutely Fabulous (1992–2012), and screen star Mark Bonnar (Duncan Hunter in Shetland, Bruno Jenkins in Casualty, and Detective Finney in Psychoville) lead the cast.

Sharp, witty, and deftly executed, Instructions For Correct Assembly runs from Saturday 7 April 2018 – Saturday 19 May 2018. It’s top of your to-do list not to miss it.


Age Recommendation: 14+

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Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 07/04/2018

Opening Night: 14/04/2018

Closing Night: 19/05/2018

Running time: 1h40, no interval

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Cast & Creative


Harry - Mark Bonnar

Max - Jane Horrocks

Laurie - Michele Austin

Paul - Jason Barnett

Amy - Shaniqua Okwok

Jan/Nick - Brian Vernel


Director - Hamish Pirie

Designer - Cai Dyfan

Lighting Designer - Jack Knowles

Movement Director - Vicki Manderson

Sound - Helen Skiera

Author - Thomas Eccleshare

Music By - Duramaney Kamara

ABOUT Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs

Sloane Square, London, United Kingdom, SW1W 8AS