One Million Tiny Plays About Britain

London theatre news: Sunday 3 November 2019

London West End - Shows

Originally published as a series of sketches in The Guardian, a heartwarming collage of scenes about twenty-first century life heads to Jermyn Street theatre this December.
One Million Tiny Plays About Britain at Jermyn Street Theatre

Image courtesy Jermyn Street Theatre

This December Jermyn Street Theatre will stage One Million Tiny Plays About Britain by Craig Taylor.

This heartwarming collage of scenes about twenty-first century life will star Emma Barclay (A Midsummer Night's Dream and Macbeth - Watermill Theatre Ensemble, Babe the Sheep-Pig - Polka Theatre, Honk! - UK Tour) and Alec Nichols (Alcatraz - Vault Festival, Catalyst - North Wall Theatre, Broadchurch - ITV).

The production is directed by Laura Keefe and was originally staged at The Watermill Theatre where it will be returning for a three week run at the end of January 2020.

Originally published as a series of short sketches in The Guardian, One Million Tiny Plays About Britain captures everyday life in our nation with humour, pathos and perfect timing.

Laugh-out-loud funny, and sometimes heartbreakingly moving, these tiny plays provide a glimpse into other people's lives, revealing the triumphs, disasters, prejudices, horrors and joys familiar to us all.

Jermyn Street Theatre's Artistic Director, Tom Littler said ...

"After the success of Tom Wentworth's Burke and Hare last year, we are delighted to partner with the Watermill Theatre again this Christmas.

I loved Craig Taylor's weekly 'Tiny Play About Britain' in the Guardian for several years, and I can't wait to see these funny, poignant, true stories on our stage."

Craig Taylor is the author of three books, including the bestselling Londoners: The Days and Nights of London Now - As Told by Those Who Love It, Hate It, Live It, Left It, and Long for It.

His book Return to Akenfield was adapted for the stage by Eastern Angles.

One Million Tiny Plays About Britain has been performed around the world.

Craig Taylor's next book, New Yorkers, will be published in autumn, 2020.

Laura Keefe's recent credits include: Robin Hood (The Watermill Theatre), My Beautiful Black Dog (Bush Theatre/Roundhouse/Southbank Centre), and Turning a Little Further, The Lost (Young Vic). She is a former staff director at the National Theatre.

About the venue

Jermyn Street Theatre is celebrating its 25th anniversary in the heart of London's West End.

In 2017, it became a producing house and has since forged partnerships with theatres in New York, Munich, Frankfurt, Newbury, Guildford, Oxford, Cumbria and York, producing over fifteen world premieres alongside several rediscoveries.

Jermyn Street Theatre is a signatory to the Equity Fringe Agreement and committed to equal gender representation.

One Million Tiny Plays About Britain is the final play in The Memories Season, which also includes the forthcoming co-production with Guildford Shakespeare Company of All's Well That Ends Well (6th November to 30th November).

The theatre recently announced a full year of programming for 2020 which features the talents of Peter Gill, Trevor Nunn, Lisa Dwan, Michael Pennington, Timberlake Wertenbaker, Sarah Ruhl and David Threlfall.

It launches in January with the Samuel Beckett triple bill of Krapp's Last Tape, Eh Joe and The Old Tune (15 January to 8 February), directed by Trevor Nunn and starring Niall Buggy, Lisa Dwan and David Threlfall.

Show listing information


A couple peer into an estate agent's window; two sports fans have a heart-to-heart in the loo; a daughter has questions about her mother's love life; and as a father helps his son tie his football boots, he realises they are growing apart.

If you keep your eyes and ears open, there are a million tiny plays happening every day.

Originally published in The Guardian, this collage of scenes now form a hugely entertaining and addictive evening in the theatre.

It will change the way you listen to the world around you, and train journeys will never be the same again.


Emma Barclay

Alec Nicholls


Author: Craig Taylor
Director: Laura Keefe
Designer: Ceci Calf
Lighting: Sherry Coenen
Sound: Harry Linden Johnson
Production: In association with The Watermill Theatre


Jermyn Street Theatre
16b Jermyn Street


From: Wednesday 4 December 2019

Closed: Saturday 11 January 2020


Previews: 4-5 December £15

Standard: £30


100 tickets at £10 are available for under-30s.

Concessions Available to over-60s, theatre unions, unwaged, access, students. £20.

Note that after Saturday 14 December all tickets are full price.


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