World's End

World's End

All’s fair in love, war and videogames.

“Running for a month, this debut play at the King’s Head is a coming of age story set against the backdrop of the Kosovan war of the late 90s. On an estate in London, two young men (one a Kosovan refugee) bond over video games and become more than just friends.”


November 1998.

World's End Estate, Chelsea. - Viv's made a decision. She's left Norfolk and has moved back to London with her son Ben. When the pair are thrown together with wild fire Kosovar Albanian painter, Ylli, and his enigmatic son Besnik, things start to change.

As the war in Kosovo plays out, two families in London fight for their own freedom. But freedom takes courage and all Ben wants to do is finish his new video game.

A love story that looks at how trauma changes us, James Corley’s debut play is a love story that explores war, single parenthood and sexuality - all through the lens of a 90s games console.

Critic reviews

A strong debut for the playwright, marking the conclusion of another successful Queer Season at the King's Head

Broadway World

Outstanding work from writer James Corley and director Harry Mackrill

Theatre Weekly

Beautiful drama of two unusual families

Everything Theatre

Captivating performances enrich a debut play about a blossoming gay relationship in 1990s London

The Stage

The play is a must-see. It’s relatable yet builds characters with unique fears and desires

The Upcoming

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Tue 27 Aug - Sat 21 Sep, 3pm & 7pm


115 Upper St Islington N1 1QN London, UK · Get Directions
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