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The silk on your back, the sugar in your tea, all of this - all wealth is built on the suffering of others.

Coram Boy is a tale of two cities - London and Gloucester - and two orphans at the Coram Hospital for Foundling Children: Toby, saved from an African slave ship, and Aaron, the abandoned son of the heir to a great estate. On the cusp of the Industrial Revolution, the wealth of England’s aristocracy is built on slavery and children are its commodities. Born poor, or of the wrong sex, or the wrong skin colour, or with a disability, the world’s unwanted children face a terrible future. 

Spanning 3 generations, Jamila Gavin’s best-selling novel is at once a glorious love story and an epic Dickensian thriller. It is a spell-binding, heart-breakingly beautiful tale of fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, children lost and found, betrayal and murder. And love. And the redemption that love brings.

Directed by John Harrison & Michael Dean

Production Design Patrick Howe; Lighting Design Benjamin Brockman


Doors open 7:00 for a 7:30pm start | Approximate run time 2 hours 30 minutes, including interval

Please note that due to the arrangement of the theatre and the intimacy of the space, there is a lockout policy in place on all shows at KXT. Latecomers are not permitted to enter during the performance and there are no refunds/exchanges with regards to latecomers.