An unmissable version of this gripping noir thriller.

By Graham Greene
Adapted by Bryony Lavery
Directed by Esther Richardson
Pilot Theatre and York Theatre Royal
By special arrangement with STUDIOCANAL present

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Fred is found dead – they deny it was murder.
Rose is in love – they say she’s in danger.
And that boy, Pinkie... They say he’s evil – but what has he done?

As two seventeen year olds, Pinkie and Rose get embroiled in a vicious gang war in Brighton, one brutal murder leads to the next. The police are impassive – but the courageous and life embracing Ida Arnold wants the truth. Nothing scares her. Whatever the cost, she’ll see justice done.

Pilot Theatre and York Theatre Royal are proud to bring the dark underworld of Graham Greene’s classic novel Brighton Rock to the stage in this new adaptation by acclaimed writer Bryony Lavery. 

Workshops are available to accompany this production. Email [email protected]

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"Wonderful show" ★★★★ The Times

"Emotionally ambitious★★★★ The Observer

"Gloria Onitiri gives a performance of warmth and strength." ★★★★ The Stage

"A fast-moving and gripping drama that is sure to keep you on your toes." Yorkshire Times 

"A masterclass in atmospheric drama... provokes questions of morality, love, sex, violence, deception, and loyalty, and does so with elegance and style." ★★★★ North West End

"A powerful ensemble and creative team paints a vivid picture of a seamy, seedy underworld... a thrilling adaptation." British Theatre Guide

"Gripping new noir thriller." Theatre Fullstop

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Brighton Rock 2018


Northern Stage is fully accessible. The theatre has three lifts providing access to all parts of the building, including the accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, stages 2 & 3 and the backstage area. Buggy parking is available within Stage 3. To discuss any access needs, please call our Box Office on 0191 230 5151.