At 24, Matt’s world collapsed under the weight of depression.

By Matt Haig
Imagined for the stage and directed by Jonathan Watkins
Text written by April De Angelis

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This is the true story of his journey out of crisis; a profoundly uplifting exploration of living and loving better.

The first theatrical adaptation of Matt Haig’s frank and funny bestseller. This play with music and movement, imagined for the stage by Jonathan Watkins, celebrates what it means to be alive.

Matt Haig’s Reasons to Stay Alive was a number one bestseller. He is also the author of six highly acclaimed novels for adults, including How to Stop Time, The Humans and The Radleys.

It’s wonderful to see a book take on other life forms, especially a form as exciting and radically different as this one. I think this production will provide a fascinating way to look at depression and mental health.

Matt Haig


Pre-Show Discussion
Tue 15 Oct, 6pm - Stage three

Find out more about Reasons To Stay Alive at this special pre-show discussion with members of the production team.

This event is free but tickets must be booked in advance. 


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Captioned Performance logo Captioned performance* Wed 16 Oct, 7.30pm 
Touch Tour logo Touch tour Sat 19 Oct, 1pm
Audio Description logo Audio Described performance Sat 19 Oct, 2.30pm 

*For best visibility of our caption units, we would recommend sitting in rows E – L in Stage 1.

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 outside Stage 3. To discuss any access needs, please call our Box Office on 0191 230 5151.