A Royal Exchange Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse co-production


  • By Leo Tolstoy. Adaptation by Jo Clifford
  • 19 March 2015 - 2 May 2015
  • The Theatre

I think... I think there are as many different kinds of love as there are different hearts.

Anna is a dutiful wife and a loving mother. But when she meets Alexis Vronsky, she finds she cannot deny the life-affirming truth of her own heart. But she quickly realizes the conventional world she inhabits is intent on crushing this new life she has discovered within her.

Meanwhile Levin is trying to live justly in a social system built on injustice. When his love for a childhood friend ends unhappily, he tries to deny its existence. But like Anna discovers he cannot.

Tolstoy's epic masterpiece explores what happens when two very different couples grapple with the strongest emotion we humans are capable of feeling – love.

Olivier-nominated director Ellen McDougall makes her Royal Exchange debut with this contemporary version of one of the greatest novels ever written.

ANNA KARENINA is a Royal Exchange Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse co-production. It transfers to Leeds Saturday 9 May - Saturday 13 June. MORE INFORMATION

  • Event Information
  • VENUE: The Theatre

    PERFORMANCE DATES: Thursday 19 March - Sat 2 May 2015 

    Monday – Saturday evenings: 7:30pm
    (No evening performances Mon 6 April, or Mon 20 - Fri 24 April, Tues 28 - Wed 29 April, Fri 1 May due to THE ROLLING STONE performances)

    Wednesday & Saturday matinees: 2:30pm
    (No matinee performances Wed 25 March, Sat 28 March, Wed 22 April due to THE ROLLING STONE performances)

    Standard tickets from £15. More Info
    Half Price Previews from £7.50 (Thursday 17 & Friday 20 March)
    Banquette tickets: £10. Only released on the day. More Info
    Joint Ticket Deal: Book for both shows and pay just £10 for THE ROLLING STONE (Offer excludes half price previews) 

    BOOK TICKETS: Box Office: 0161 833 9833 / online

    RUNNING TIME: 2 hours and 30 minutes (including 1 interval of 20 minutes)

  • Creative Team
  • FROM THE NOVEL BY Leo Tolstoy

    ADAPTATION Jo Clifford

    DIRECTOR Ellen McDougall

    DESIGNER Joanna Scotcher


    SOUND DESIGNER Tom Gibbons

    MOVEMENT Wilkie Branson

    A Royal Exchange Theatre and West Yorkshire Playhouse Co-Production


  • Related Events
  • AFTER SHOW DISCUSSION: Thursday 26 March after 7.30pm performance. More Information

    BACK STAGE TOUR: Wednesday 1 April: 11am. Tickets £5 (including refreshments). Book on 0161 833 9833. More Information 

    BEHIND THE SCENES: Wednesday 1 April: 10.30am - 12 noon. A pre-show, talk-based introduction to the play and production. Tickets £6/£4 concessions. Book on 0161 833 9833 / onlineMore Information

    BETWEEN THE LINES: Wednesday 22 April: 11am - 1pm. Play-reading and discussion group to accompany the show. Come along and read, discuss or just listen. Tickets £6 per session. Book on 0161 833 9833 / onlineMore Information

  • Accessible Performances
  • AUDIO-DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE: Saturday 25 April, 2.30pm. 

    BSL-INTERPRETED PERFORMANCE: Monday 27 April, 7.30pm. 

    CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE: Thursday 30 April, 7.30pm.

    Click here for more information about our accessible performances 

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