"A glorious tour de force"

Wednesday 3rd October 2012


The Guardian
A great theatrical coup


The Independent
A glorious tour de force

The Yorkshire Post
There isn’t a weakness in the cast in this intelligent, bold and angry new work

The Stage
Williams’ adaptation proves sharp and funny but chilling

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner is off to a sprint as audiences are grabbed by this ‘sharp’, ‘funny’ and ‘chilling’ new adaptation of Nottingham writer Alan Sillitoe’s classic work.

BAFTA winning playwright, Roy Williams, transports Sillitoe’s story to 2012. Taking inspiration from the riots last year, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner tells the story of Colin, a defiant and young rebel who finds freedom in running despite being confined in detention centres and young offenders’ institutes.

This show exposes the beating heart of a nation, still broken and divided and post-Olympics shows how through physical ability, hope and determination, an individual can triumph.

Designer, Lydia Denno’s work has been praised by The Stage as ‘ingenious’ for creating a visual spectacle that captures the energy of the show through 3D effects and a moving track built into the stage. The Guardian describes Elliot Barnes-Worrell in the lead role as giving an ‘aggressively charismatic performance.’

This remarkable and exciting production comes to Nottingham Playhouse 23-27 October. Book now on 0115 941 9419.

Photo by Pilot Theatre