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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

A rectangle, three quarters black and one quarter yellow, and on the vertical line where these meet, an image of the Liverpool docks skyline, including the Liver Building, is rotated 90 degrees clockwise, against which, the face of a man is looking into the black area of the rectangle.

Booking and details

Until 8 June 2024
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The event location is

Olivier Theatre

National Theatre, South Bank, London SE1 9PX

The event duration is Approx 2 hours and 30 minutes including one 20 minute interval

‘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


Please note: This production includes strong language and a gunshot. There are depictions of violence, grief and death.


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



Three men stand on stage. Two of them are wearing black blazers and one is wearing a white shirt.
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Production team


Alan Bleasdale

Alan Bleasdale


James Graham

James Graham


Kate Wasserberg

Kate Wasserberg

Associate Director

Lauren Dickson

Lauren Dickson

Set and Costume Designer

Amy Jane Cook

Amy Jane Cook

Lighting Designer

Ian Scott

Ian Scott

Movement Director

Rachael Nanyonjo

Rachael Nanyonjo

Associate Movement Director

Jocelyn Prah

Jocelyn Prah

Composer and Sound Designer

Dyfan Jones

Dyfan Jones

Audio Visual Designer

Jamie Jenkin

Jamie Jenkin

Fight Director

Rachel Bown-Williams of Rc-Annie Ltd

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 Steven Delaney-Cain via Theatresign.

Audio-described performances are preceded by a Touch Tour, which starts 90 minutes before the performance. If you would like to join a Touch Tour, please call the Access line at 020 7452 3961. The tours must be booked at least 24 hours in advance.

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