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The Boy at the Back of the Class

23 Apr - 27 Apr

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The Boy at the Back of the Class

23 Apr - 27 Apr 2024


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A Children’s Theatre Partnership and Rose Theatre co-production

Based on the book by Onjali Q. Raúf
Adapted for the stage by                    Directed by
Nick Ahad                                                        Monique Touke

There used to be an empty chair at the back of the class, but now a new boy called Ahmet is sitting in it. He’s nine years old (just like me), but he’s very strange. He never talks and never smiles and doesn’t like sweets – not even lemon sherbets, which are my favourite!

After learning that he has fled his own war-torn country, Ahmet’s classmates have ‘The Greatest Idea in the World’ – a magnificent plan to reunite Ahmet with his family. An unexpected and often hilarious adventure follows, all topped off with a terrific twist.

Told from a child’s perspective, balancing heart and humour, The Boy at the Back of the Class highlights the power of friendship and kindness in a world that doesn’t always make sense and reminds us that everyone needs a place to call home.

Winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2019
Winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2019

Important information

Ticket prices: £10 - £28.50

Running time: Approximately 2 hours including interval

Age recommendation: 7+

Supporters and all Friends First night Drama – 50% Off
Friends – 5% Off
Gold and Best Friends – 10% Off
Corporate – £2 Off
060’s – £3 Off bands A-D weekday matinees
U25 – £5 Off Bands A-D Wed and Thu 2pm and Fri 7pm performances
Schools – £16.50 tickets, 1 TA free with every 10, any weekday performance
Groups – Mon – Thu – 20+ 10% Off, 40+ 20% Off, 80+ 25% Off

Prelude Restaurant

Why not visit our restaurant…

Make your theatre trip extra special and dine in Prelude, a fresh and contemporary space inspired by the building’s art deco heritage.

With the hassle taken out, relax and enjoy our seasonal set price menu in Prelude. Your table is reserved for the whole evening, so you can enjoy your dessert and drinks in the show interval. Plus, Theatre Royal Friends can enjoy a 10% discount!


Norwich Theatre Royal - Auditorium | 2020


‘A lovely, warm-hearted celebration of courage and friendship.’
The Guardian

‘This is a beautiful, open-hearted debut that should help children be the best they can be and realise the power of kindness.’
Book Trust


Eat & Drink

Fresh, seasonal, and locally sourced produce. Enjoy the best in food and drink  at our restaurant Prelude or a quick delicious bite before the show.

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