Noughts & Crosses

By Malorie Blackman

Adapted by Sabrina Mahfouz
Directed by Esther Richardson

Presented by Pilot Theatre and Derby Theatre in co-production by Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Mercury Theatre Colchester and York Theatre Royal


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


“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
"a dynamic, powerful, compelling show whatever your age." British Theatre Guide


Age guidance: 12+

Duration: 2 hours, with an interval. Interval times will vary at each venue.

For information about BSL, captioned performances and accessibility please check the tour venue websites listed below.

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Tour Dates

Our scheduled autumn tour has been pushed back until Autumn 2021.  Full venue details will be announced once theatres are re-opened and able to welcome everyone back.
We will still be offering our workshop programme to schools and our resource pack remains available at any time.  If you have any questions about this production or about the accompanying resources please do not hesitate to get in touch with us [email protected].


York Theatre Royal


Richmond Theatre


Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Belgrade Theatre Coventry



New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich



Birmingham Rep



Liverpool Playhouse



2019 Tour Dates


Derby Theatre

1 - 16 Feb


Theatr Clwyd

19 - 23 Feb


The Lowry, Salford

26 Feb - 2 Mar

Mercury Theatre Colchester

5 - 9 Mar

Bristol Old Vic

12 - 16 Mar

Theatre Royal Brighton

19 - 23 Mar

Belgrade Theatre Coventry

26 - 30 Mar

York Theatre Royal

2 - 6 Apr


Theatre Royal Stratford East

24 Apr - 4 May 2019


Northern Stage

7 May - 11 May