Kendal, a forward on the team.

David Storey

James Macdonald

Duke of York's Theatre, London

Additional Cast:
Ewan Hooper, Chris Gascoyne, Chris Walker, Jonsthan Magnanti, Paul Rider, Tim Dantay, Louis Hilyer, Jason Pitt, Philip Whitchurch, Philip Martin Brown, David MacCreedy, Simon Wolfe, Roger Morlidge, Andrew Cryer, Stephen Bent, Steve Jackson, Simon Rouse, Roy North, Nicholas McGaughey, David Hargreaves, Alex McAvoy

Completed Play, opened on 1 February 1996 and closed 30 March 1996.

Set in a Northern English town hit hard by the early 70s economy, the play offers a slice of life in a semi-pro rugby team men's changing room. 

It explores the nature of competition and violence, as practiced on and off the field before, during, and after an important match.

  • The play was part of a revivial in 1996 for the Royal Court's classic's series.

"theartsdesk Q&A: Writer David Storey, pt 2"

By Jasper Rees/ theartsdesk

Why did you choose to return to rugby league in The Changing Room?

Watching a previous play called The Contractor at the Fortune Theatre on a Saturday night, I'd just been talking to the actors in the green room, then went to the back of the stalls to watch them come on and suddenly thought, that's a play...


"The Changing Room Duke of York's, London"

By Paul Taylor/ The Independent

Seeing the play 25 years on, in James Macdonald's flawless ensemble production for the Royal Court Classics season, I was struck more than ever by how Storey's technique...

Reviews and Press

"‘The Changing Room’"

By Matt WolfVariety

  ...Indeed, so natural and seemingly spontaneous is this ensemble that it is a bit of a shock when they take their bows and we realize that they are actors, not players, after all....