25 April- 27 May
A show about love in the extreme, in WWII occupied France
Elodie is 17. She’s French. She lets down her hair and puts it up again. She finds reflective surfaces everywhere. She tests new looks.
Otto is 15. He’s a German soldier. He brushes his hair to make the shape of his head more perfectly oval. He tries not to look at himself in the mirror.
It’s 1944. Elodie and Otto are experiencing love for the very first time. Outside, the world around them is exploding. Inside, the room shakes. Elodie and Otto’s bodies touch.
Fusing youth with old age, the past with the present, pop tunes with Stalingrad, THIS BEAUTIFUL FUTURE is about love in the extreme.
Written by Rita Kalnejais (First Love is the Revolution, Soho Theatre ★★★★★ – Time Out) and directed by The Yard’s Artistic Director Jay Miller (The Mikvah Project, LINES, Removal Men), This Beautiful Future is a show about the moment when love confronts extremism.
Running time: 70 minutes.
Early booking recommended.
Supported by Arts Council England.
“Rita Kalnejais’ kaleidoscopic new play This Beautiful Future mines this compellingly weighted scenario for all it’s worth”
“Nothing short of mesmerising.”
“An extraordinary work, from an increasingly impressive theatre.”
“Just buy a ticket. It’s the best thing on in London at the moment bar none”
“There’s a thing that happens right at the end of Jay Miller’s already-extraordinary production of Rita Kalnejais’s astonishing new play that moves it from “one of the best things I’ve seen this year” to “one of the best things, full stop.”
“Some of the deftest, most impressive new writing for the stage I’ve seen; supported by performances entirely equal to it”
“If you see nothing else in a theatre this year, see this, and be amazed and perhaps troubled that people are still making things this beautiful in our horrible, horrible world.”
“The play and the production – exquisitely textured by the Yard’s artistic director, Jay Miller – have an immediacy and openness that matches the lovers. Moments that might come across as sentimental are stupidly beautiful and teary.”
“Tender as a burn.”
“It reminds us that we all become ghosts of our younger selves who once fizzed with the excitement of being alive and in love. We need to hang on to that feeling: the future may depend on it.”
“Life, in Rita Kalnejais’ superb and surprising play, is as delicate as it is hardy.”
“They remind us that war doesn’t override love, that ordinary things happen in extraordinary times, fresh hope in adversity.”
“Brilliant, and day-glo brite.”
“Properly funny dialogue.”
Written by Rita Kalnejais
Directed by Jay Miller
Design by Cécile Trémolières
Composer Jonah Brody
Lighting Designer Christopher Nairne
Sound Designer Josh Anio Grigg
Casting Director Sophie Parrott CDG
Video Design Sarah Readman
Elodie Hannah Millward
Otto Bradley Hall
Wednesday 3 May
An opportunity for writers to meet and discuss the show
Thursday 4 May
Young Peoples Night
£7.50 tickets for under 25s
Thursday 11 May
An Open Conversation
With the creative team and Artistic Director, Jay Miller