Crongton Knights

Pilot Theatre & Derby Theatre
Derby Theatre Productions , Plays and Drama
Tuesday 17 March 2020 - Saturday 21 March 2020
Average: 4 (1 vote)
"An energetic and engaging adaptation"
The Stage
Average: 5 (1 vote)
"It was a joy to watch"
Radio Tamworth

Co-produced with Belgrade Theatre Coventry and York Theatre Royal

“I don’t know why I listened to you about going on this mission! Now we’re in the middle of nowhere dot com, buses ain’t rolling, and they’re gonna beat us down, shank us, and then fling us in some big bin!”

Life isn’t easy on the Crongton Estate and for McKay and his mates it’s all about keeping their heads down but when a friend finds herself in trouble, they set out on a mission that goes further than any of them imagined. 

Crongton Knights will take you on a night of madcap adventure as McKay and his friends ‘The Magnificent Six’ encounter the dangers and triumphs of a mission gone awry.

In this world premiere adaptation of Alex Wheatle’s award-winning novel, the pulse of the city is alive on stage with a soundscape of beatboxing and vocals laid down by the cast and created by acclaimed musician Conrad Murray.

Crongton Knights is about the friends you’ll never forget and how lessons learned the hard way can bring you closer together.

"Crongton Knights knows how to move its audience with its earnest questioning of friendship, loss and bloodshed."

★★★★ - The Stage

“Alex Wheatle is an inspirer. He is a vital writer. He is a prince among men. Long may he reign.” 
Lemn Sissay 

Crongton Knights follows the Pilot Theatre's acclaimed tour of Noughts & Crosses in 2019.

Praise For The Novel

"Enriching and life-affirming… A total gem for any age"
The Guardian

Praise for Noughts and Crosses

★★★★                 ★★★★
The Observer       The Stage

"Gripping"          "Stylish"
The Guardian      The Times

School Tickets & Workshops

School tickets are £6.50 plus one teacher free with every ten tickets purchased.

For schools and education enquiries contact

Accessible Performances

BSL Interpreted: Thursday 19 March, 6pm (Interpreted by Lauren Goulden)

Post-Show Discussion after this performance is also interpreted. 

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By Alex Wheatle

Adapted by Emteaz Hussain

Running Time: 2 hour 30 minutes (including 20 minute interval) 

Show Warnings: Theatrical Haze and Smoke, Flashing Lights, Strobe Lighting, Adult Themes, Loud Music