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Room: The Play


Emma Donoghue

Oberon Books

May 2017

Stage rights are held by International Performing Rights Ltd.

Theatre Royal Stratford East

2 May - 3 June 2017

Dundee Rep

13 June - 17 June 2017

Abbey Theatre, Dublin

24 June - 22 July 2017


Adapted for the stage by Emma Donoghue

Music and Lyrics by Cora Bissett and Kathryn Joseph.

Director - Cora Bissett

Musical Director - Gavin Whitworth

Reviews of Room: The Play

Michael Billington, The Guardian

Emma Donoghue's story of survival is ingeniously staged.

Susannah Clapp, The Observer

A small wonder.

Paul Taylor, The Independent

Both prurience and sentimentality are admirably kept at bay.

Paul Vale, The Stage

Thrilling, emotive and inventive.

Dave Calhoun, Time Out

An unlikely but powerful stage adaptation - with songs of Emma Donoghue's bestselling novel.

Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman

A tremendously beautiful, vivid and uplifting show about the power of a mother's love to create a whole world for her child.

Neil Cooper, The Herald

Touching story explores how love helps family pull through.

Alan O’Riordan, The Irish Examiner 

An affecting work that will be warmly received by audiences.

Sarah Hoover, The Review Hub

Room is a successful demonstration of imagination as a survival mechanism.

The production of Room at the Theatre Royal Stratford East has been nominated for the following 2017 OFFIES:


  • Best Lighting Designer

  • Best Set Designer

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