The Astronaut's Chair


Produced by

Theatre Royal Plymouth

Written by

Rona Munro


She’s the gritty, glamorous aviator; the fastest, highest, bravest woman in the world, but with one last race to go: to dream the impossible dream, to reach the unreachable stars. If NASA will let her – and Congress plays ball.

“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard…because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one that we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win”
President Kennedy, 1961.

The Astronaut’s Chair, specially commissioned by the Theatre Royal Plymouth, is Rona Munro’s second ‘space’ play following Little Eagles, about the space race in Russia, produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company.


Theatre Royal Plymouth
Thursday 20th September – Saturday 6th October 2012


“The dialogue is so elegant, so perfecting crafted and authentic”
Exuent Magazine

“A beautifully written and sensitively executed docudrama”

“Performed with panache”
The Guardian

“An intriguing insight into a piece of unfamiliar, but fascinating history”
The Public Reviews

“The Astronaut’s Chair is exclusively a Drum production, continuing to uphold the theatre’s reputation for exciting and challenging work”
Plymouth Herald


Tom Hodgkins

Ingrid Lacey

Larissa, Valentina and Peggy
Amanda Ryan

Jack, Kennedy and Senator
Jack Sandle

Eleanor Wyld

Creative Team

Simon Stokes

Set and Costume Designer
Bob Bailey

Lighting Designer
Chahine Yavroyan

Sound Designer
Adrienne Quartly

Assistant Director
Bethany Pitts

Casting Director
Ginny Schiller CDG

Fight Director
Alison de Burgh

Vocal Coach
Mary Howland