Future Conditional

By Tamsin Oglesby

The Guardian, Metro, The Observer, The Mail on Sunday

Past imperfect. Present tense.

The Old Vic presents Future Conditional, a bracingly topical and boisterously funny new play directed by Matthew Warchus and starring Rob Brydon, with a cast of 24 young performers.

Future Conditional tackles the conundrum of British schooling through a myriad of characters including parents, teachers, and Alia, a prodigiously bright young Pakistani refugee and the newest member of the Education Commission. There are big questions to answer: how do we make the system fair? Do we even want to try? And is anyone ready to take lessons from a schoolgirl…?

Written by acclaimed playwright Tamsin Oglesby (The Mouse and His Child; Really Old, Like 45), Future Conditional proves that when it comes to education, we’ve all got a lot to learn.

Rob Brydon’s television and film credits include Marion and Geoff and Human Remains (for which he won two British Comedy Awards). Theatre includes The Painkiller (Lyric Theatre, Belfast) and A Chorus of Disapproval (Harold Pinter Theatre).

Additional content
We spoke to Tamsin Oglesby about writing Future Conditional, playground peer pressure and her favourite teacher. Read the Q&A.

Rob Brydon spoke to us about what attracted him to the play, his school memories and working at the Old Vic. Watch the interview.


Tue 1 Sep – Sat 3 Oct 2015

Running time: approximately 2hrs 35mins including a 20-minute interval

Mon – Sat 7.30pm; Wed & Sat 2.30pm
[Please note that performances will begin at 8.00pm on Mon 21 and Thu 24 Sep, and at 7.45pm on Tue 29 Sep. There are no matinee performances on Wed 2, Sat 5 and Wed 9 Sep]

Captioned Performance: Fri 18 Sep 7.30pm
Audio Described Performance: Fri 25 Sep 7.30pm, touch tour 6pm

TICKETS: £10, £15, £20, £30, £35, £45
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A fast and furious play that crackles with intellectual energy

The Guardian

Sharp and very funny