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Theatre503 presents

A Woman Walks Into A Bank

Written by Roxy Cook
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Moscow, August 2018. The World Cup has just ended, and it has been a roaring success. Free Metro travel. Parties in the square. The police, the ones with guns, they were smiling! People finally saw that yeah, it’s okay over here and no, it doesn’t snow in the summer, it’s actually very warm. And wait, did we mention it was an incident free event?

But when an old woman walks into a bank, she is conned into taking out a high interest loan which she immediately forgets all about. A catastrophic series of events are set in motion…with only her cat Sally to bear witness.

Winner of the 2023 Theatre503 International Playwriting Award, A WOMAN WALKS INTO A BANK is a powerful portrayal of a country in crisis. Inspired by childhood fairytales, Roxy Cook’s vibrant debut play uses biting humour to interrogate the social apathy tearing Russia apart. How did we get here? How can we get out?

Running time: 2 hours (plus a 15 minute interval)

Age guidance: 12+




21 November 7.30pm WRITERS NIGHT: A chance for writers to enjoy a discounted ticket and meet our literary department and the writer of the show. Attendees to Writers Night are invited to submit for our Rapid Write Response initiative. To unlock a £6 ticket, email to be digitally tagged as a writer. If you have previously been tagged as a writer, your ticket will automatically adjust to £6 on the final page of booking – you do not need a Promo Code. On Writers Night, there will be a Q&A with the literary department and writer of the show between 6:50pm-7:20pm. If you are unable to attend our Writers Night, the £6 Writers tickets will also be available up until Saturday 25th. There will also be a digital version of this conversation on Zoom with Roxy Cook, writer of the play, and our Literary Manager, Steve Harper on Monday 13th November at 7pm. Tickets can be booked for this Zoom session here.

29 November 7:30pm & 2 November 2:30pm PAY WHAT YOU CHOOSE: These are our two Pay What You Choose performances, where tickets start from £5. Please note, unlike previous seasons, the final Saturday of the run is no longer a Pay What You Choose performance.

6 December 12pm PARENT & BABY:  Provided as an opportunity for parents and/or guardians to enjoy a spot of theatre without the need to hire a babysitter. Please note, we do not exclude other audience members from booking to see this performance.


This production is generously supported by:

The Christina Smith Foundation






Roxy Cook

Roxy is a writer and director working across theatre and TV. After 5 years directing new writing (associate dir. Olivier award winning Rotterdam; assistant dir. Describe the Night; dir. Happy to Help; working with Rob Drummond on The Majority), she began writing in 2019. A Woman Walks Into a Bank is her first play, and was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Playwriting 2021 and longlisted for the Bruntwood Prize and Verity Bargate Award, both 2022. Alongside writing, Roxy works in development and script editing for TV.


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