The Herd

by  Rory Kinnear

Full Length Play, Drama  /  4m, 3f

The debut play from Olivier and BIFA award-winning actor Rory Kinnear. A domestic family drama set on Andy Griffith's 21st Birthday, The Herd is a humorous and touching look at the minutiae of living with severe mental and physical disability.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 3f
  • Duration


    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre


    Not Applicable
  • Accolades


    From West End
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Andy, brain-damaged and physically incapacitated from birth, has a mental age of ten months. Carol, his anxiety-ridden mother, has arranged a small family party to celebrate Andy's 21st birthday. Not that he's counting. But Carol is. Counting the minutes until he arrives, counting the unexpected guests, counting the times that this has happened before. A witty and heartfelt look at family life when it doesn’t turn out quite the way you imagined.

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"...wise and truthful new play from Rory Kinnear that...has many moments that bring the tears flooding to your eyes." Chicago Tribune,  Read More

"Mr. Kinear writes witty, but always natural dialogue that allows his themes to emerge organically." The New York TimesRead More

"...a verbal and emotional rigor that has it's own particular kick." Chicago Sun-Times, Read More

“A vivid and unsentimental portrait of domestic life, flecked with wry humour” - Evening Standard,  Read More

“This play warrants nothing less than a box-office stampede” - The Telegraph, Read More 


Joining THE HERD
by Garrett Anderson
December 10, 2015


  • Rory Kinnear on The Herd at Steppenwolf Theatre
  • Director Frank Galati on The Herd
  • Steppenwolf audience responses to The Herd
  • An interview with Rory Kinnear
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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance



  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Carol's house, on the 21st birthday of her son, Andy. 
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


4m, 3f
ANDY - the severely disabled son of Carol
CAROL - his anxiety-ridden mother
CLAIRE - his elder sister
BRIAN - his grandfather
PATRICIA - his grandmother
MARK - Claire's boyfriend, a performance-poet
IAN - Andy's wayward father
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Cast Attributes

  • Parts for Senior Actors



Rory Kinnear

Rory Kinnear

The Herd premiered at The Bush Theatre in London in 2013, under the direction of Howard Davies. 

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