A breathless, gripping political thriller about a moment when, finally, the impossible seemed possible.

‘This isn’t negotiation, it’s hand to hand combat.’

11 December 1997.

The Kyoto Conference Centre. 5am.

The nations of the world are in deadlock. 11 hours have passed since the UN’s landmark climate conference should have ended. Time is running out. And agreement feels a world away…

The greatest obstacle: American oil lobbyist and master strategist, Don Pearlman.

Tensions are high and the stakes are even higher in Kyoto - a sharp, searing and darkly comic story about a moment when the nations of the world took a first, monumental step towards each other.

Award-winning directors Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin (Stranger Things: The First Shadow) reunite with writers Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson following their acclaimed collaboration on The Jungle. With a stellar ensemble cast including Stephen Kunken (Billions and The Handmaid’s Tale), this pulse-pounding political drama has its unmissable world premiere in the Swan Theatre this summer.

Be part of that moment with our limited ‘In conference’ seats which give audience members the chance to be one of the delegates in the play. Call the Box Office for more details.

For more information about themes and contents of this play, please see our content advisory page.

Kyoto is a recipient of the Edgerton Foundation New Play Award

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New Work at the RSC is generously supported by Hawthornden Foundation and The Drue and H.J. Heinz II Charitable Trust

Good Chance would like to thank the following for supporting Kyoto
The Dandu Foundation
The Ian McKellen Producer Grant
The Linbury Trust
The Crucible Foundation
Jessica Foung
Alexander and Brenda Leff