Framed by the fallout from two violent deaths – the apparently inexplicable suicide of a young gay man,and the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby outside the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich in May 2013 – Men in the Cities is a compelling piece of incendiary storytelling about harm and complicity.

From a working-class man nearing retirement who no longer knows whose side he’s on, to a ten-year-old boy cheerfully obsessed with pornography and American punk, Men in the Cities presents fractured snapshots of dozens of seemingly disconnected lives that together offer a challenging but radically humane portrait of how we live now.

Men in the Cities takes the gently seductive storytelling style of Chris’ previous solo shows like Kiss of Life (Fringe First, 2002) and The Adventures of Wound Man and Shirley (2011) and subjects it to a controlled explosion. Blurring fiction and reality to create a complex, volatile, richly textured work, Men in the Cities is a risky but carefully crafted piece about the radical possibilities of hope and of change.

Men in Cities


Written and performed by Chris Goode
Director – Wendy Hubbard
Designer – Naomi Dawson
Lighting Designer – Katharine Williams

A Chris Goode & Company production in association with the Royal Court

Arts Council England Royal Court Theatre
“A fierce, poetic and troubled 80-minute dramatic monologue which conjures up a range of characters adrift in 21st century city... destined to become a quiet classic of post-social theatre.”
Joyce MacMillan
The Scotsman
“He writes with astonishing clarity, articulating feelings of compassion with delicate precision.”
Adam Foster
A Younger Theatre
“An extraordinary text: honed, humorous and, right at the end, hopeful.”
Matt Trueman
Fest magazine
“An important, zeitgist-pricking piece from one of the UK's most interesting theatre-makers.”
Alice Jones
The Independent
“A brilliant, compassionate, thoughtful and terrifying picture of where we are, and the biggest question facing us: what the hell do we do about that?”
Andrew Haydon
Postcard from the Gods
Time Out
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Show History

July 2014
Royal Court Theatre, London
August 2014
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
July 2015
Royal Court, London
October 2015
Drum, Plymouth
South Street Arts, Reading
November 2015
Junction, Cambridge
West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds
Performing Arts Centre, Lincoln
Tobacco Factory, Bristol
Royal Exchange, Manchester
Dome, Brighton
Sheffield Theatres