Our Country’s Good

30 January 2013 – 23 March 2013

This is what made Australia

25 years ago, Our Country’s Good premiered at the Royal Court before transferring to the West End and Broadway, winning major awards on both sides of the Atlantic. This new production is by the play’s original director, Max Stafford-Clark, following his recent 5 star revival of Top Girls.

This is the true story of a ragbag cast of convicts who put on a play under the guidance of an earnest young marine officer. As the barriers between captors and captives break down, they start to discover each other both onstage and behind the scenes…

Running time approximately 2 hours 30 minutes

Our Country’s Good workshop – special reduced price

Out of Joint Rehearsed Readings

30 January - 23 March 2013

Performance Times:

Monday - Saturday evening 7:30pm
Thursday & Saturday matinee 2:30pm
Sunday No Performance

This performance lasts approximately 2 1/2 hours, with one interval.

Regular Prices:

4th February - 23rd March (Including Saturday 2nd Feb - Evening)

Premium £50
Standard £42.50, £35. £25
Student Standby £15*

*Tickets available in person on the day of the performance, to students showing a current NUS or University card. Tickets are subject to availability.

Groups (8+) , School Groups & Access Bookings

We offer a range of discounts and concessions to enable everyone to enjoy an affordable visit to St James Theatre. For further queries and to book please contact our Box Office on 0844 264 2140.

All concessions are subject to availability and proof of eligibility must be presented when booking and collecting tickets.


“ Stafford-Clark’s sterling production is warm, appealing and light on its feet... Our Country’s Good not only talks about the magic of theatre, but with this moving and entertaining production it triumphantly proves it.   ”

Aleks Sierz, The Arts Desk 5/2/13

“ This rich, warm play has lost none of its punch... This is a playful but profound piece of theatre... A modern masterpiece, lovingly revived. ”

Sarah Hemming, Financial Times 6/2/13

“ A glowingly persuasive and beautifully cast revival... Warmly recommended. ”

Paul Taylor, The Independent 5/2/13

“ Timberlake Wertenbaker expertly balances humour and tragedy in a truly gripping evening that never lets up the tension and builds to a rousing and hopeful denouement. The ten-strong ensemble, almost all taking multiple roles is universally strong... Our Country's Good is a genuine modern classic and this atmospheric production is a prize that should not be missed. ”

Philip Fisher, British Theatre Guide 5/2/13

“ I love this angry and beautiful play. The production works brilliantly. The comedy is rich and laugh-out-loud. Yet there is such tenderness and anguish too ”

The Stage

“ Audiences are in for a treat... Deeply moving and lyrical and some of the best theatrical in-jokes since The Producers. Max Stafford-Clark offers a master-class of direction: clear and exciting ”

“ Outstanding... Uplifting... A theatrical landmark ”

Daily Mail

“ Beautiful... Mesmerisingly atmospheric... Ciarán Owens is bang on the money. Ian Redford is astonishing ”

Daily Telegraph

“ An excellent cast. Dominic Thorburn gives a delectably comic picture of frustrated theatrical ambition. A consummate revival of a modern classic ”

The Guardian