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Boys from the Blackstuff

Alan Bleasdale’s Boys from the Blackstuff by James Graham
a Liverpool’s Royal Court production by arrangement with Bill Kenwright Limited

Booking and details

22 May — 8 June 2024
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The event location is

Olivier Theatre

National Theatre, South Bank, London SE1 9PX

Due to the short run of 21 performances, tickets for Boys from the Blackstuff will be limited to four per customer.

‘Gizza job. Go on, gizzit.’

80s Liverpool. Life is tough as Chrissie, Loggo, George, Dixie and Yosser play the game. But there is no work and no money. What are they supposed to do?

Find jobs, avoid the ‘sniffers’, work harder, work longer, buy cheaper, spend less? All whilst having a laugh along the way.

Following its ★★★★★ (Daily Mail) run at Liverpool’s Royal Court, James Graham’s (Dear England) powerful new adaptation comes to the South Bank, 40 years after Alan Bleasdale’s ground-breaking television series. Directed by Kate Wasserberg (Artistic Director, Theatr Clwyd) in her National Theatre debut.

A Stockroom commission


This production is supported by Marcia B Whitaker and The Hintze Family Charitable Foundation.


Production team


James Graham

James Graham


Kate Wasserberg

Set and Costume Designer

Amy Jane Cook

Lighting Designer

Ian Scott

Movement Director

Rachael Nanyonjo

Composer and Sound Designer

Dyfan Jones

Associate Sound Designer

Kate Harvey

Audio Visual Designer

Jamie Jenkin

Associate Director

Francesca Goodridge

Francesca Goodridge

Fight Director

Rachel Bown-Williams of Rc-Annie Ltd

Ticket prices

Monday – Saturday evenings and matinees:
£20, £34, £49, £69, £89

Previews 22 – 23 May:
£20, £26, £35, £49, £64

For concessions and discounts, see Ways to save

Please note the 6.30pm start time on the following performances: Thu 30 May and Tue 4 Jun.

Visit our Ticketing FAQs for information on how to book, ticket exchanges and more.

Prices may change according to demand

Assisted performances


BSL Interpreted

Audio described

The interpreter for the BSL performance will be announced closer to the performance date.

Audio-described performances are preceded by a Touch Tour, 90 minutes before the performance start time. Call the Access line on 020 7452 3961 to book Touch Tours.

We have an allocation of tickets held for members of our Access scheme and if any of the assisted performances above are shown as “Sold Out”, tickets may still be available: Please log in to your account to view all available tickets, or call Box Office on 020 7452 3961

Smart caption glasses

Will not be available for performances of Boys from the Blackstuff.



Photography (Barry Slone) by AB Photography