Noughts & Crosses

Noughts & Crosses

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A captivating drama of love, revolution and what it means to grow up in a divided world.

Lyn Gardner avatar
25 April 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“I really loved Malorie Blackman’s Romeo and Juliet style novel about two teenagers who fall in love. Callum is a white nought who lacks both money and opportunity and Sophy is a black cross and a part of the ruling elite. The RSC staged a pretty decent production a number of years ago but this is a new version written by Sabrina Mahfouz and it arrives in London courtesy of Pilot Theatre.”


“Why love, if losing hurts so much?”
Sephy and Callum sit together on a beach. They are in love.
It is forbidden.

Sephy is a Cross and Callum is a Nought. Between Noughts and Crosses there are racial and social divides. A segregated society teeters on a volatile knife edge.

As violence breaks out, Sephy and Callum draw closer, but this is a romance that will lead them into terrible danger.

This gripping Romeo and Juliet story by acclaimed writer Malorie Blackman and adapted by Sabrina Mahfouz is a captivating drama of love, revolution and what it means to grow up in a divided world.

Age Recommendation: 12+

Critic reviews

Sabrina Mahfouz has impressively distilled the inspired novel about a world where the power rests with the black population

The Guardian

Compelling staging of Malorie Blackman’s novel that provides a searing insight into the injustices of the world

The Stage

Wait until the second half and this becomes not just a stylishly instructive experience, but one in which you can lose yourself

The Times

Strong cast make this a slick take on Malorie Blackman's gripping race dystopia

Evening Standard

This stage version of Malorie Blackman’s smash young adult novel is thrilling, if over-ambitious

Time Out

Heather Agyepong is the star of this adaptation of Malorie Blackman’s young adult novel

Financial Times

Ambitious, thought-provoking stuff, tackling important themes


Date & time

Show ended
Wed 24 Apr - Sat 4 May, 2pm & 7.30pm
Runtime: 3 hrs


Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square E15 1BN London, UK · Get Directions

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