First Look production images for the stage premiere by Pilot Theatre in co-production with Derby Theatre of  Sabrina Mahfouz’s exciting new adaptation of Malorie Blackman’s critically acclaimed young adult novel Noughts & Crosses which has its official opening night at Derby Theatre tonight.


Noughts & Crosses is the first novel in Malorie Blackman’s ground-breaking four-part YA series. The book has sold over 800,000 copies and deals with themes of racism and prejudice, set in an alternate 21st-century Britain, one where African nations conquered Europe, and enslaved their white inhabitants. In this world, dark-skinned ‘Crosses’ are vastly privileged and powerful compared to the ‘Nought’ underclass over which they rule. Noughts & Crosses charts the deeply forbidden romance between Sephy (a Cross) and Callum (a Nought) – a love affair which had repercussions for their families for generations.

Noughts & Crosses’ cast features: Heather Agyepong, Billy Harris, Doreene Blackstock; Jack Condon; Daniel Copeland; Lisa Howard; Chris Jack and Kimisha Lewis.

Noughts & Crosses will officially open at Derby Theatre and run from the 1-16 February before embarking on a national tour playing at: Theatr Clwyd, Mold; The Lowry, Salford; Mercury Theatre Colchester; Bristol Old Vic; Brighton Theatre Royal; Belgrade Theatre Coventry; York Theatre Royal; Theatre Royal Stratford East and Northern Stage.

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