The Mysteries

A Royal Exchange Theatre Production

  • Developed by Sam Pritchard and Chris Thorpe. Written by Chris Thorpe. Directed by Sam Pritchard.
  • 25 October 2018 - 11 November 2018
  • The Theatre - The Studio

Chris Thorpe’s cycle of six warm, witty new plays crosses England, from a sheep farm in Eskdale via a tourist information centre in Whitby to Manchester. 

“Nothing’s very far away from anything, is it, in this country? Not really?”

A fort on a hilltop, a landowner’s estate, a tourist information office, a bird sanctuary, a re-developed factory, a public square, silent and remembering. Chris Thorpe’s cycle of six new plays explores the landscapes that surround us and how we live with each other.

In this ambitious production by Sam Pritchard, each of the six parts of The Mysteries will be made and premiered in the place it was written. During its run in Manchester, two day-long performances of the whole cycle will take place in the Royal Exchange Theatre space.

Manchester
If one of our own does something terrible, how can we still claim them as one of our own? 

Eskdale
On the hilltop at Hardknott and in a local pub, two sisters clash over the inheritance of their father’s house.  

Staindrop
In a Teesdale tenant farm, three old friends confront how ancestry and tradition shape the way they live now.  

Whitby
The roof of the former Tourist Information Office hosts a debate about how a town can use its past, without losing its sense of itself.  

Boston
The accidental death of a child forces a group of Bostonians to confront what community means to them and who they’re prepared to help.  

Stoke-on-Trent
In a ceramics studio and an old church bell tower, debate rages about how a city and its people might be reshaped. 


Chris Thorpe is Associate Artist at the Royal Exchange and has created the hugely successful THERE HAS POSSIBLY BEEN AN INCIDENT. Chris was a founder member of Unlimited Theatre and is an Associate of Live Art/ Theatre company Third Angel. Chris has recently collaborated with Rachel Bagshaw, writing the award-winning THE SHAPE OF THE PAIN. 

Chris's work tours internationally and is also regularly produced for stage and radio throughout Europe and in the US, including the upcoming premiere of VICTORY CONDITION at Residenzteater Munich, and the Italian productions of THERE HAS POSSIBLY BEEN AN INCIDENT and CONFIRMATION winning the Premio Franco Enriquez 2018. Chris was the Arvon mentor for playwrighting, 2016/17, and works with the National Student Drama Festival.

Sam Pritchard is the Associate Director (International) at the Royal Court. From 2010 to 2012, he was the New Writing Associate at the Exchange. He was the winner of the JMK Award for Directors in 2012.

 

  • Event Information
  • MANCHESTER DATES, TIMES, VENUE, PLAYS & PRICES:

    Thursday 25 October, 7.30pm in The Studio - Eskdale play and Manchester play. (Preview) Tickets £7 and £5 Under 26s, Students and concessions. 

    Friday 26 October, 7.30pm in The Studio - Staindrop play and Manchester play. (Preview) Tickets £7 and £5 Under 26s, Students and concessions. 

    Saturday 27 October, 7.30pm in The Studio - Whitby play and Manchester play. (Preview) Tickets £7 and £5 Under 26s, Students and concessions. 

    Tuesday 30 October7.30pm in The Studio - Eskdale play and Manchester play. Tickets: £13, £11 concessions, £5 Under 26s and Students.

    Wednesday 31 October7.30pm in The Studio - Staindrop play and Manchester play. Tickets: £13, £11 concessions, £5 Under 26s and Students.

    Thursday 1 November7.30pm in The Studio - Whitby play and Manchester play. Tickets: £13, £11 concessions, £5 Under 26s and Students.

    Friday 2 November7.30pm in The Studio - Boston play and Manchester play. Tickets: £13, £11 concessions, £5 Under 26s and Students.

    Saturday 3 November, 7.30pm in The Studio - Stoke play and Manchester play. Tickets: £13, £11 concessions, £5 Under 26s and Students.

    Sunday 4 November, 1.00pm in The Theatre - All 6 plays. Tickets £30.

    Tuesday 6 November7.30pm in The Studio - Eskdale play and Manchester play. Tickets: £13, £11 concessions, £5 Under 26s and Students.

    Wednesday 7 November7.30pm in The Studio - Staindrop play and Manchester play. Tickets: £13, £11 concessions, £5 Under 26s and Students.

    Thursday 8 November7.30pm in The Studio - Whitby play and Manchester play. Tickets: £13, £11 concessions, £5 Under 26s and Students.

    Friday 9 November7.30pm in The Studio - Boston play and Manchester play. Tickets: £13, £11 concessions, £5 Under 26s and Students.

    Saturday 10 November7.30pm in The Studio - Stoke play and Manchester play. Tickets: £13, £11 concessions, £5 Under 26s and Students.

    Sunday 11 November, 1.00pm in The Theatre - All 6 plays. Tickets £30. BSL PERFORMANCE

    BOOK TICKETS: Book Online or call the Box Office on 0161 833 9833

    Book for any or all of the other weekday performances of THE MYSTERIES and get the tickets for £6.50. After you have selected your first date, click 'Continue Shopping' and enter the promo code MYSTERIES – you will then be able to select other performances of THE MYSTERIES from the calendar.

    AGE GUIDANCE: 14+

    Please note, the play Manchester contains material relating to the May 2017 Arena bombing.

  • Creative Team
  • WRITER Chris Thorpe

    DIRECTOR Sam Pritchard

    DESIGNER Rosie Elnile

    LIGHTING DESIGNER Mark Distin-Webster

    SOUND DESIGNER Mike Winship

    ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR Atri Banerjee

    ARTWORK 8bitnorthxstitch

  • Accessible Performances
  • BSL PERFORMANCE: Sunday 11 November, 1.00pm BOOK TICKETS

  • Gerry

    NIGEL BARRETT

    Mark

    BENJAMIN CAWLEY

    Ginny

    NADIA CLIFFORD

    Mona

    LAURIETTA ESSIEN

    Amy

    HANNAH RINGHAM

    Andy/ Andrius

    ANDREW SHERIDAN

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