Ustinov Studio Clare Foster, Corey Johnson, Jack Laskey, Sharon Small

The Realistic Joneses

by Will Eno, directed by Simon Evans
  • 6 February - 7 March
The Realistic Joneses

Event Information

Evenings: Mon – Sat 7.45pm
Matinees: Thurs & Sat 2.30pm

No performance info available

★★★★ “The cast is excellent … Eno’s offbeat approach to the mysteries of life and death is oddly memorable” Sunday Times

★★★★ “Blessed with note-perfect performances from a quartet led by the quietly authoritative Sharon Small … Corey Johnson is superb” The Times

★★★★ “A deeply felt snapshot of everything that makes us human” Whatsonstage

★★★★ “Teasingly funny yet poignant” Daily Telegraph

“Eno’s language is incredible, makes you think about ordinary words in a fresh new way… extraordinary, extremely funny, the acting is superb… theatrical excellence” Bath Chronicle

“Bath’s peerless Ustinov Studio … an excellent production. Simon Evans directs a superb cast of four: Sharon Small, Clare Foster, Jack Laskey and Corey Johnson. Each one is a joy to watch” Bristol24/7

Named as one of the “25 best American plays since Angels in America” by the New York Times, The Realistic Joneses is a hilarious, quirky and touching portrait of marriage, life and squirrels.

Will Eno’s play begins in a suburban backyard one bucolic evening where Bob and Jennifer Jones, and their new neighbours, John and Pony Jones, find they have more in common than their identical homes and last name.

The couples find they are drawn to each other and their desperate attempts to connect evolve into a funny, intimate and profound meditation on life.

Corey Johnson’s recent screen credits include Donald Trump in The Windsors; Hellboy, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Captain Phillips, The Bourne Ultimatum, and the Doctor Who episode, DalekSharon Small is well-known for her long running role as DS Barbara Havers in The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, and Trudi Malloy in the BBC drama Mistresses. They are joined by Jack Laskey, who has played numerous roles for the RSC, and plays DS Peters in ITV’s Endeavour, and Olivier Award nominee Clare Foster, whose West End credits include Travesties, Merrily We Roll Along, Avenue Q and Crazy For You.

The Realistic Joneses appeared on Broadway in 2014, where it received a Drama Desk Special Award and was named Best Play on Broadway by USA Today, and best American play of 2014 by The Guardian. Will Eno’s play The Open House was on both TIME Magazine and Time Out New York’s Top Ten Plays of 2014 and was staged in the Ustinov Studio in 2017.

Director Simon Evans has worked at the Trafalgar Studios, the Donmar Warehouse, the National Theatre and the Bush where his recent credits include Will Eno’s Thom Pain (based on nothing), Killer Joe, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and The Dazzle. He is also a two-time recipient of the Close Up Magician of the Year award.

Evenings: Mon – Sat 7.45pm
Matinees: Thurs & Sat 2.30pm

Tickets: £23.50 / £18.50 Discounts
A booking fee of £1.75 per ticket applies







Directed by Simon Evans

Designer – Peter McKintosh

Lighting Designer – Richard Howell

Sound Designer & Composer – Gregory Clarke

Assistant Director – Scott Ellis

Movement Director – Oliver Kaderbhai

Voice Coach – Penny Dyer

Casting Director – Ginny Schiller CDG

The Realistic Joneses is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD, a Concord Theatricals Company

The Ustinov foyer and bar are open from one hour prior to the performance.

Doors open approximately 15 minutes prior to the performance unless otherwise stated.

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets CAN  be shown on smartphones or tablets upon entry

The Box Office at the Ustinov Studio is open from approximately 30 minutes prior to each performance.

There is a lift from the Foyer to the Stalls level of the Ustinov Studio. Access to the Circle level is by stair access only.

Full terms and conditions for ticket bookings can be found here