The Old Vic · 14 OCT - 09 NOV

‘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’

Lyn Gardner avatar
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+

Date & time

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


The Old Vic
The Cut SE1 8NB London, UK · Get Directions
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