What happens to the hope at the end of the evening

Your friend is late. The meal is spoiled. A shadow has fallen. The story of this evening, one evening and any evening.  The story of a reunion, a reiteration and an act of betrayal. A journey into the space between opposing beliefs; between action and inaction; between forms; between friends.

In Tim Crouch’s latest play, how do two old buddies reunite when winds blew away good memories and friendships?

In the darkest night, two master artists reveal the answer.

What Happens to the Hope at the end of the Evening is created by long-term collaborators Tim Crouch, Andy Smith and Karl James. The play is a new commission for the Almeida, from the team behind The Author (Royal Court Upstairs) and the Obie Award-winning, An Oak Tree. 


  • 28-30 October 2014, Shanghai Grant Theatre, Black Box
  • 31 October 2014, Performing and Creative Workshop, Nanjing University Xianlin, Black Box Theatre
  • 1-2 November 2014, Nanjing University Xianlin, Zhangxiyu Theatre
  • 4-6 November 2014, Beijing Capital Theatre, Experiment Theatre

Edinburgh Fringe Showcase 2014 UK Programme

Co-organised by British Council China and Beijing 707 N-Theatre, the Edinburgh Fringe Showcase 2014 will take place in China from September to November 2014.

The British Council's Edinburgh Showcase is a biennial showcase of contemporary UK performance, featuring some of the most outstanding productions made in the UK.

Selected from the Edinburgh Showcase 2013, four plays will tour to China in the autumn of 2014. These plays include Odyssey by the Paper Cinema; Missing by the Gecko ; and I, Malvolio. What Happens To the Hope at the End of the Night by the man dubbed as the king of Scottish Theatre, Tim Crouch, is the final play in the showcase. 

These four plays will introduce the unique creativity and diverse vision of UK theatre productions to Chinese audiences. An exciting range of activities including master classes, workshops and lectures will be held alongside the festival in Shanghai, Beijing, Wuhan, Guangzhou, and Nanjing. It promises to be a real feast for theatre fans! 

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