The City (2008) Theater


Benedict in the role of Chris in a fragile story about a married couple at the Royal Court Theatre.

From 24 April to 7 June 2008 Benedict Cumberbatch was seen in Martin Crimp’s The City at the Royal Court Theatre in London. In this staged version, directed by Katie Mitchell, Benedict was seen in the role of Chris.

What is The City all about?:
Chris and Clair are a married couple living in the suburbs. Like every other household, they have trouble with their children, and the neighbors, but in particular with a nurse named Jenny.
The stories they tell each other are broken and incomplete. Chris, Clair and Jenny struggle to find meaning in a surreal and collapsing world.


A recording of The City can be viewed at the British Library in London.

Further information:
Royal Court Official Site/ Podcast with Katie Mitchell, Benedict Cumberbatch and Hattie Morahan

“Benedict Cumberbatch and Hattie Morahan are also impeccably fraught as Chris and Clair: they suggest a couple tiptoeing on eggshells – and there is a fine moment when, as Morahan’s face lights up in describing Mohamed, Cumberbatch shields his eyes in sadness.”The Guardian

“Benedict Cumberbatch is excellent as the husband. He passes from hurt angry bafflement at his wife’s contradictory demands to a wounded sorrow when he begins to twig that her hold over his continued being may be far more than a merely monitoring one.”The Independent

“As Chris and Clair, Benedict Cumberbatch and Hattie Morahan combine a luminous presence with notes of distinctly dark unease, while Amanda Hale’s Jenny is a comic joy.” – The Stage

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