Ustinov Studio

The Realistic Joneses

by Will Eno, directed by Simon Evans
  • Spring 2020
The Realistic Joneses

Event Information

UK Premiere
Thursday 6 February - Saturday 7 March 2020

★★★★ “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.

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.

UK Premiere
Thursday 6 February – Saturday 7 March 2020

Press Night Wednesday 12 February 2020







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