Caryl Churchill's This is a Chair is a short play about the surreal nature of modern life. It was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre at the Duke of York’s, London, on 25 June 1997 as part of the London International Festival of Theatre.
The play is composed of a series of brief dramatic sketches, each with a headline-style title that 'must be clearly displayed or announced'. The titles refer to contemporary world issues ('The War in Bosnia', 'The Northern Ireland Peace Process', 'Genetic Engineering'), but have no discernible connection to the largely domestic scenes to which they are attached.
The Royal Court production was directed by Stephen Daldry and designed by Ian MacNeil, and performed by Linus Roache, Amanda Plummer, Sam Kelly, Marion Bailey, Harriet Spencer, Euan Bremner, Diane Parish, Lennie James, Liz Smith, Helena McCarthy, Desmond Barrit, Timothy Spall, Andy Serkis, Cecelia Noble and Ray Winstone.