Noughts & Crosses

By Malorie Blackman

Adapted by Sabrina Mahfouz


Winner of Excellence in Touring, UK Theatre Awards 2019.
Finalist for Best Show for Children and Young People, UK Theatre Awards 2019.


Touring 2022 and 2023


“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.


**** The Observer
**** The Stage (2019)
"a dynamic, powerful, compelling show whatever your age." British Theatre Guide


Age guidance: 12+

Content Warning: Noughts & Crosses explores a segregated world, in which daily life presents various struggles, inequities, and challenging circumstances. As such, the show contains some themes that viewers may find upsetting to watch.

The show contains depictions of; racism and its effects on physical and mental health, alcoholism, bullying, capital punishment, violence (including domestic violence). The show contains mild sexual content and some strong language, alongside references to sexual violence and suicide.

The show contains loud noises, haze, and strobe lighting.

Duration: 2 hours 10minutes, plus an interval. Interval times will vary at each venue.

For information about BSL, captioned performances and accessibility please check the tour venue websites when they are announced.


Tour Dates 2023


The Lowry, Salford

18-21 Jan

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Belgrade Theatre Coventry

24-28 Jan

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Rose Theatre Kingston

31 Jan-11 Feb

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Brighton Theatre Royal

21 Feb-25 Feb

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Bath Theatre Royal

28 Feb-4 Mar

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Oxford Playhouse

7 Mar-11 Mar

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Oldham Coliseum

14-18 Mar

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Lighthouse, Poole

21-25 Mar

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Curve Leicester

28 Mar-1 Apr

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Educational Resources:

The Noughts and Crosses Resource Pack is for students studying Drama and Performing Arts and can be used as a text to perform or a devising stimulus for KS3, GCSE, BTEC or A Level.

It contains comprehensive lesson plans, handouts, access to filmed scenes of the production, and includes the newly published playtext of the adaptation by the playwright Sabrina Mahfouz

Resource Pack Details


All workshops are bespoke and tailored to the needs of your students, and can be scheduled pre- or post-performance at your school, college or university. To arrange a workshop, please email us directly: [email protected]

A practical drama session exploring the play, production, characters, and themes delivered by a Pilot artist. The workshop can be tailored to using Noughts & Crosses as a creative stimulus for devising, exploring Noughts & Crosses as a set-text, or examining social justice issues related to the play.

For state schools: 2 sessions or a full day: £275 + VAT  

1 session (up to 2 hours): £200 + VAT

For private schools: 2 sessions or a full day: £375 + VAT 

1 session (up to 2 hours): £300 + VAT 

Original production presented by Pilot Theatre, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Derby Theatre, Mercury Theatre Colchester and York Theatre Royal.


Archive - Tour Dates 2022


York Theatre Royal

16-24 September


Richmond Theatre, London

27 September – 1 October


Exeter Northcott

4-8 October


Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

11-15 October


Northern Stage, Newcastle

18-22 October


Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

1-5 November


New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

8-12 November


The Alexandra, Birmingham

15–19 November


Liverpool Playhouse

22-26 November