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Stephen Unwin directs his new play All Our Children at Jermyn Street Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

WRITTEN and directed by Stephen Unwin, All Our Children runs at Jermyn Street Theatre from May 2 (previews from April 26) to June 3, 2017.

I used to be scared of them. They seemed so different. They don’t scare me anymore. They’re just children, aren’t they? Just children.

January 1941. Snow is falling. A terrible crime is taking place in a clinic for disabled children. The perpetrators argue that it will help struggling parents and lift the financial burden on the mighty German state.

One brave voice is raised in objection. But will the Doctor listen?

A gripping new play probing one of the darkest episodes in recent history, Stephen Unwin’s elegant debut work shows a world caught in a spiral of horror and examines a brutal system which sanctioned mass murder for those who led what the Nazis called ‘lives unworthy of life’.

An astonishing and chilling story of courage, betrayal and humanity, Unwin tells a rich dramatic narrative, and explores cultural, moral and social arguments which still rage today.

Stephen Unwin is one of the UK’s leading theatre directors. He founded the English Touring Theatre in 1993 and opened the Rose Theatre Kingston in 2008 becoming Artistic Director until 2014. His many credits include King Lear with Timothy West (Old Vic), Hedda Gabler (Donmar Warehouse), Hamlet with Alan Cumming (again at the Donmar Warehouse), Man to Man with Tilda Swinton and The Conquest of the South Pole with Alan Cumming (both at the Royal Court) and Sandra/Manon with Simon Russell Beale (also at the Donmar Warehouse).

All Our Children is Unwin’s first original play although he has written eight books on theatre and drama and translated several plays.

He is a campaigner for the rights and opportunities of people with learning disabilities and was appointed the Chair of Kids in November 2016, the national charity providing services to disabled children, young people and their families.

All Our Children is designed by Simon Higlett, with lighting design by Tim Mascall and sound design by John Leonard. Full casting will be announced shortly.

For more information or to book tickets, call the box office on 020 7287 2875 or visit

Also at Jermyn Street Theatre: Beau Brummell – An Elegant Madness (until March 11) and the UK premiere of The Frogs (March 14 to April 8, 2017).