Noughts & Crosses

Noughts & Crosses

★★★★★ 'A thrilling adaptation.' East Midlands Theatre

★★★★ 'A fine new adaptaion.' The Observer

★★★★ 'A compelling staging.' The Stage

“Why love, if losing hurts so much?”
Sephy and Callum sit together on a beach. They are in love.
It is forbidden.

Sephy is a Cross and Callum is a Nought. Between Noughts and Crosses there are racial and social divides. A segregated society teeters on a volatile knife edge.

As violence breaks out, Sephy and Callum draw closer, but this is a romance that will lead them into terrible danger.

This gripping Romeo and Juliet story by acclaimed writer Malorie Blackman and adapted by Sabrina Mahfouz is a captivating drama of love, revolution and what it means to grow up in a divided world.

Please note that strobe lighting and haze are used in this production.

Booking enquiries: Our online booking system doesn’t allow customers to leave isolated seats. We do this in order to to prevent gaps in the auditorium. Please call our friendly Box Office team on 020 8534 0310 if you need any help.

Currently seats are on sale from Row B in the stalls backwards, and it is possible that Row A will go on sale at a later date, so please be aware that purchasing seats in Row B does not guarantee that you will be in the front row.

For some shows the boxes might have a slightly restricted view, please do not hesitate to speak to our friendly box office team before booking if you would like further information.

Returns: Please check online to see if any tickets have become available or come to the box office on the day of the performance for returns 

Our ticket prices increase as the theatre fills. We always recommend booking early to secure the best seats at the best price.

Pilot Theatre present Noughts & Crosses
​Co-produced by Derby Theatre, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Mercury Theatre Colchester and York Theatre Royal


Access & Events

Price: From £10
Runtime: 2 hours 20 minutes (including interval)
Age Guidance: 12+ (see Trigger Warnings)
Concessions: Available for under 26s.
Click here for details about companion/carer tickets.

Post-show Talks (free to ticketholders)
Sat 27 Apr (evening performance)
Fri 03 May

Please note that strobe lighting and haze are used in this production.

Cast and Creative Team

By Malorie Blackman
Adapted by Sabrina Mahfouz
Directed by Esther Richardson
Associate Direction and Movement by Corey Campbell
Designed by Simon Kenny
Music and Sound by Arun Ghosh and Xana
Production Sound Engineering by Adam McCready 
Lighting Design by Joshua Drualas Pharo
Video Design by Ian William Galloway
Associate Video Designer by Rafael Vartanian
Fight Direction by Kenan Ali

Heather Agyepong Sephy
Billy Harris Callum
Doreene Blackstock Jasmine
Jack Condon Jude
Daniel Copeland Ryan
Lisa Howard Meggie
Chris Jack Kamal
Kimisha Lewis Minerva



Malorie Blackman

Malorie has written over 60 books for children and young adults, including the Noughts and Crosses series, Thief  and most recently her science fiction thriller Chasing the Stars, Her work has also been adapted for TV with the 6 part adaptation of  Pig-Heart Boy  winning a BAFTA and Noughts and Crosses is currently in production for the BBC. In 2005, Malorie was honoured the Eleanor Farjeon Award in recognition of her distinguished contribution to the world of children’s books.  In 2008, she was awarded OBE and between 2013 and 2015 she was the Children’s Laureate.

Sabrina Mahfouz

Sabrina has recently been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and is the recipient of the 2018 King's Alumni Arts & Culture Award. She has been shortlisted for The Stage Award for Best Solo Performance, a Women in the Creative Industries Award, an Arts Foundation Award for Performance Poetry and has won a Sky Arts Academy Award for Poetry, a Westminster Prize for New Playwrights and a Fringe First Award. She also writes for children and her play Zeraffa Giraffa won a 2018 Off West End Award. 

Sabrina is the editor of The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write, a 2017 Guardian Book of the Year and currently nominated for The People's Book Prize. She is an essay contributor to the multi-award-winning The Good Immigrant and is currently writing a biopic of the legendary ‘Godfather of Grime’, rapper and producer Wiley, for Pulse Films

Esther Richardson

Esther is the Artistic Director of Pilot Theatre. She has directed over 25 theatre productions in the UK, including her most recent production of Brighton Rock, adapted by Bryony Lavery. Esther was the founding Artistic Director of Theatre Writing Partnership - a new writing development company based in Nottingham UK (funded by the Lottery and ACE from 2001 to 2012). The company was nominated for the prestigious Stage/TMA’s Special Achievement in Regional Theatre Award when Esther was running the company in 2006. Her film work includes two successful shorts, which led her to be selected for Creative England’s ifeatures scheme in 2012/13.


Heather Agyepong’s theatre credits include Girls (Talawa Theatre, High Tide & Martha Rose Wilson Prod.); So Many Reasons (Fuel Theatre & Ovalhouse Theatre) and Sankara (Next Up Talent; National Theatre Studio). Heather is an acclaimed visual artist, actor and maker. Earlier this year she was nominated for the 2018 South Bank Sky Arts Breakthrough Award. 

Billy Harris’ theatre credits include Boots On The Ground (Tangled Feet) and 13 (Tobacco Factory Theatre).

Doreene Blackstock’s theatre credits include Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare’s Globe; Cymbeline and Hamlet, and RSC. 

Jack Condon’s theatre credits include East, King’s Head Theatre and Last Man Standing, and Theatre N16.

Daniel Copeland’s theatre credits include Invincible, Orange Tree Theatre and The Jungle Book, and Leeds Playhouse.

Lisa Howard’s theatre credits include They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay, Northern Broadsides and Flood, Slung Low and Hull City of Culture 2017.

Chris Jack’s theatre credits include Brighton Rock, Pilot Theatre and York Theatre Royal and Our Town, and Royal Exchange Manchester.

Kimisha Lewish’s theatre credits include Last Dream (on earth), National Theatre of Scotland and Send: A game of textual tennis, and Lyric Hammersmith.








Noughts & Crosses Schools' Festival

Be inspired, be challenged, be engaged. This gripping Romeo and Juliet story by acclaimed writer Malorie Blackman and adapted by Sabrina Mahfouz for stage is a captivating drama of love, revolution and what it means to grow up in a divided world.

We invite ten east London and Essex schools/colleges to use this play as inspiration to create their own take on its themes. In partnership with Pilot Theatre and Young & Talented, we will provide an artist to work with your students to support your creative devising process. You might make a short play, a film, a piece of visual art… find your voice in your own unique way.

On Mon 29 Apr we invite those schools and colleges to join us in a Noughts & Crosses Festival, where they will share their wok in our theatre. It will be a day of workshops, interactive experiences and performances, where all schools and colleges are welcome to come and enjoy the programme.

For more details please contact Serena B. Robins - or call 020 8279 1104.


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