Rules For Living


  • Tue 07 Nov - Sat 18 Nov
  • Written by Sam Holcroft | Directed by Simon Godwin
    A Rose Theatre Kingston, English Touring Theatre and Royal & Derngate Northampton co-production

'Anarchically effective' The Stage
'Horribly funny' The Times
'Rollicking tour de farce' Daily Mail
'It's hard to pick out which part is the most fun to watch' Broadway World
'Ups the ante ingeniously by playfully showing us the rules' The Guardian

'An almost Ayckbourn-like precision and sense of timing' The Argus

Edith must clean to keep calm. Matthew must sit to tell a lie.


Everyone creates their own rules for living. But what happens when an extended family gathers for a traditional Christmas dinner, and each of them rigidly follows those rules?

Christmas day will never be the same again. As the drinks flow and the obligatory games intensify, family resentments rise and relationships are pulled apart with a bang.

Evening Standard award-winning Simon Godwin directs Sam Holcroft’s brilliant and darkly funny play. Following its critically acclaimed run at the National Theatre in 2015, Rules For Living is now brought to the stage in a brand new Rose Theatre Kingston co-production in conjunction with English Touring Theatre and Royal & Derngate, Northampton, with whom we won the 2016 UK Theatre Award for Best Touring Production for The Herbal Bed.

Free Events

Post-show Q&A led by Rose Executive Producer, Jerry Gunn on Fri 10 Nov, with members of the cast.

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