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Rules for Living

By Sam Holcroft

‘This production truly bursts out of its box.’ The Stage
‘ingenious take on a family's Christmas crisis.’ The Guardian
‘Horribly funny.’ The Times
‘I left aching with laughter.’ BBC Radio Northampton
‘a glorious festive bun fight.’ Daily Mail

Everyone creates their own rules for living. But what happens when an extended family gathers for a traditional Christmas dinner and each of them rigidly follows those rules?

Christmas Day will never be the same again. As the drinks flow and the obligatory games intensify, family resentments rise and relationships are pulled apart with a bang.

An English Touring Theatre, Royal and Derngate, and Rose Theatre Kingston co-production.


Royal & Derngate, Northampton

9 - 30 Sep 2017

Cambridge Arts Theatre

3 - 7 Oct 2017

Theatre Royal Windsor

10 - 14 Oct 2017

Theatre Royal Brighton

17 - 21 Oct 2017

New Wolsey, Ipswich

31 Oct - 4 Nov 2017

Rose Theatre Kingston

7 - 18 Nov 2017

Rehearsal Gallery


Creative Team

Written by

Sam Holcroft


Simon Godwin


Lily Arnold

Lighting Designer

Matt Daw

Sound Designer & Composer

Mark Melville

Video Designer

Andrzej Goulding

Movement Director

Shelley Maxwell

Casting Director

Hancock Stevenson Casting

Associate Director

Spencer Noll

Fight Director

Kev McCurdy

Production Photographer

Mark Douet



Jane Booker


Jolyon Coy


Ed Hughes


Carlyss Peer


Laura Rogers


Paul Shelley