A Royal Exchange Theatre Production

Light Falls

  • By Simon Stephens. Directed by Sarah Frankcom. With original music by Jarvis Cocker.
  • 24 October 2019 - 16 November 2019
  • The Theatre
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“Look me in the eye and tell me you’ll never leave me.”

A woman wakes up with a stranger beside her. A student argues with his lover. A single mother fights to feed her baby. A married man flirts with two younger women. And far away, one devastating event is about to change all their lives forever.

Artistic Director Sarah Frankcom says goodbye to the Royal Exchange with an extraordinary new play by Simon Stephens, with original music by Jarvis Cocker. Connecting five relatives in five disparate English towns, from Blackpool to Durham, LIGHT FALLS is a richly layered play about life in the face of death, about how our love survives us after we’ve gone – and about how family, community and kindness help the North survive.

  • Event Information
  • VENUE: The Theatre

    PERFORMANCE DATES: Thursday 24 October - Saturday 16 November 2019

    PERFORMANCE TIMES: Matinees, 2.30pm / Evenings, 7.30pm
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    TICKET INFORMATION: Standard Tickets from £19. Half Price Previews - Thursday 24 October, Friday 25 October, Saturday 26 October and Monday 28 October, all at 7.30pm.
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  • Creative Team
  • PLAYWRIGHT Simon Stephens

    DIRECTOR Sarah Frankcom

    ORIGINAL MUSIC Jarvis Cocker

    DESIGNER Naomi Dawson

    SOUND DESIGNER Alexandra Faye Braithwaite


    CHOREOGRAPHER Vicki Manderson

    CASTING DIRECTOR Jerry Knight-Smith CDG

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    Like an informal, friendly book club, but for plays
    Saturday 16 November, 5.00pm *
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    * Theatre Club starts following the end of the matinee performance, so dependant upon run times, Theatre Club may start a little earlier or later. Run times are confirmed once the show has opened.

    Pre-show introduction to the play, led from the stage and featuring company members.
    Thursday 7 November, 10.30am - 12 noon. Tickets £6 / Concessions £4
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    Join the cast of LIGHT FALLSin a Q&A

    Friday 8 November, 12.30pm - 1.30pm 
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  • Accessible Performances
  • If you require our BSL, Audio Described or Captioned services, please book directly with Box Office. This is because there are often specific seats, which are held for each show to ensure you have the best experience possible. 

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    AUDIO-DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE: Saturday 9 November, 2.30pm

    BSL PERFORMANCE: Wednesday 6 November, 7.30pm

    CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE: Saturday 16 November, 2.30pm and 7.30pm 

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