4.1 (14) · Contemporary Drama

‘I could fly to New York and back every day for seven years and still not leave a carbon footprint as big as if I have a child. Ten thousand tonnes of CO2. That’s the weight of the Eiffel Tower. I’d be giving birth to the Eiffel Tower’

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27 June 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“First seen in Sheffield in 2011, Duncan Macmillan’s terrific two hander is about a couple contemplating have a baby. Is it really responsible to bring another person into a crowded world? After all, a child leaves a massive carbon footprint: equivalent to flying back and forth to New York every day for seven years. I really loved this off-kilter, thoughtful love story when I saw it almost a decade ago and it should have even greater currency as the climate emergency becomes ever more urgent. The casting for the Old Vic’s production is tasty too, with Matt Smith and Claire Foy as a couple living in the age of anxiety—grappling with what they want and what they individually need.”


The ice caps are melting, there’s overpopulation, political unrest; everything’s going to hell in a handcart – why on earth would someone bring a baby into this world?

Directed by Matthew Warchus, Claire Foy and Matt Smith make their Old Vic debuts in Duncan Macmillan’s hilarious emotional rollercoaster of a play, as a couple wrestle with our planet’s biggest dilemmas.

Age Recommendation: 14+

Critic reviews

Claire Foy shines and Matt Smith glints in doomsday play

The Telegraph

An acting masterclass from Crown stars Claire Foy and Matt Smith

Evening Standard

Its ability to seem light while gazing at the dark, is a real breath of fresh air


Crown co-stars breathe life into a dark drama

The Times

A thrilling meeting of head and heart

The Stage

Claire Foy and Matt Smith shine in climate crisis drama

The Guardian

Claire Foy and Matt Smith are magnetic in this big stage outing for Duncan Macmillan’s climate change drama

Time Out

Theatregoers will not be disappointed by the exceptional performances of Foy and Smith, but it is also a well-written and engaging play

The Upcoming

Foy shines with her character’s fizzy brain sparking off in all directions

London Theatre

Ultimately it’s a play that really leans on its actors to bring the writing to life. Particularly actors who have an undeniable chemistry

A Younger Theatre

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Mon 14 Oct - Sat 9 Nov, 2.30pm & 7.30pm


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