The Mysteries - Stoke

A Royal Exchange Theatre Production

  • Developed by Sam Pritchard and Chris Thorpe. Written by Chris Thorpe. Directed by Sam Pritchard.
  • 12 October 2018 - 13 October 2018
  • On Tour / External

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?”

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

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.

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
  • VENUE: B Arts, 72 Hartshill Road, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 7RB

    PERFORMANCE DATES & TIMES: Friday 12 October, 7.30pm and Saturday 13 October, 2.30pm and 7.30pm

    TICKET INFORMATION: All Tickets £7.00 (no concessions)

    BOOK TICKETS: online or in person at B Arts.


    THE MYSTERIES will be on tour across Northern England from 10 September - 21 October. The areas being toured to are Boston, Eskdale, Manchester (Royal Exchange), Staindrop, Stoke and Whitby

  • Creative Team
  • WRITER Chris Thorpe

    DIRECTOR Sam Pritchard

    DESIGNER Rosie Elnile

    LIGHTING DESIGNER Mark Distin-Webster

    SOUND DESIGNER Mike Winship


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