World Premiere


Directed by Rebecca Gatward

  • By Sarah Waters. Adapted by Hattie Naylor.
  • 19 May 2016 - 18 June 2016
  • The Theatre

I thought everything would change, after the war. And now, no one even mentions it. It is as if we all got together in private and said whatever you do don’t mention that, like it never happened.

It’s the late 1940s. Calm has returned to London and five people are recovering from the chaos of war.

In scenes set in a quiet dating agency, a bombed out church and a prison cell, the stories of these five lives begin to intertwine, and we uncover the desire and regret that has bound them together

Sarah Waters’ story of illicit love and everyday heroism takes us from a dazed and shattered post-war Britain back into the heart of the Blitz, towards the secrets that are hidden there.

Olivier-nominated playwright Hattie Naylor creates a thrilling and theatrically inventive adaptation of a great modern novel.

"To work on such a wonderful novel - at the Exchange, such an exciting theatre, and with Hattie is a dream combination. I look forward, with tremendous enthusiasm to getting into the rehearsal room and to bringing this beautiful story to life."
Rebecca Gatward

The creative development of The Night Watch has been generously supported by The Peter Henriques Memorial Fund.

  • Event Information
  • VENUE: The Theatre

    PERFORMANCE DATES: Thursday 19 May - Saturday 18 June 2016

    Tuesday – Saturday evenings, 7.30pm
    Thursday and Saturday matinees, 2.30pm 

    Extra Performances:
    Monday 23 May, 7.30pm 
    Sunday 5 June, 2.30pm Book a Sunday Lunch
    Wednesday 8 June, 5pm (no 7.30pm performance that evening)
    Sunday 12 June, 2.30pm Book a Sunday Lunch

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    Standard tickets from £16 
    Half price previews from £8
    Banquette tickets £10

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    BOOK TICKETS: Box Office 0161 833 9833 / online  

    How to book

    RUNNING TIME: Approximately 2 hours 20 minutes (including 20 minute interval)

  • Creative Team
  • DIRECTOR Rebecca Gatward

    DESIGNER Georgia Lowe


    LIGHTING Elliott Griggs


  • Related Events
  • After Show Discussion... THE NIGHT WATCH
    Tuesday 31 May 2016, following 7.30pm show
    Tickets not needed. To book tickets for 7.30pm show click here.

    Our after show discussions are a chance to see the latest production in a whole new light. After the performance, members of the cast and creative team return to the stage to answer questions from the audience - why not join the discussion, ask your own questions and enjoy an insider's glimpse into the production process? 

    Between the Lines… THE NIGHT WATCH 
    Wednesday 8 June 2016, 11am-1pm
    Ticket prices: £6 per session
    Book Tickets: 0161 833 9833 / online

    Between The Lines is our playreading and creative discussion group for everyone over 18, designed to accompany productions in the Theatre. At each session we choose a play that is connected in some way to the production, giving participants the chance to read a part, share their ideas and thoughts and gain a news perspective on the latest production. (Sessions do not require everyone to read aloud)

    Introducing… THE NIGHT WATCH
    Thursday 2 June 2016, 10.30am-12noon
    Ticket prices: £6 per session / £4 concessions
    Book Tickets: 0161 833 9833 (individuals) or 0161 615 6702 (schools and groups) / online

    Introducings are pre-show, talk-based introductions to each play and production, for up to 100 people. Led from the stage by the Participation and Learning team, participants will meet actors and members of the creative team and learn all about the process of bringing the play to the stage. These sessions are suitable for groups, schools and individual audience members.

    Theatre Café… THE NIGHT WATCH 
    Thursday 16 June 2016, 11.30am-1pm
    Ticket prices: £3 per session and includes one hot drink
    Book Tickets: 0161 833 9833 / online

    Theatre Café is a chance to talk about the work we stage here, the state of British theatre and why we make theatre at all. At each session we pose a question that somehow links to the show currently in production. The session starts with informal table conversations over a hot drink, before the opportunity to take part in a wider group discussion when we will be joined by a theatre guest. This is a chance to meet new people, join the discussion and share your thoughts on what theatre is and should be.

    Unlock… THE NIGHT WATCH 
    Thursday 16 June 2016, 5.30pm-7pm
    Ticket prices: £6 per session
    Book Tickets: 0161 833 9833 / online

    Unlock workshops are for everyone over 18. These practical drama sessions are perfect for those who might be new to theatre or want to learn more about the play they are coming to see. At each session we use practical and creative activities to unlock the central ideas of the play currently in production.

    Wordplay... THE NIGHT WATCH
    Wednesday 1 June 2016, 11am - 1pm
    Tickets prices: £6 per session
    Book tickets: 0161 833 9833 / online

    Wordplay Led by professional writers and theatre makers, Wordplay workshops draw on a selection of plays from our repertoire to gently introduce participants to creative writing, with an emphasis on writing for theatre. Each session explores a different aspect of playwriting, taking inspiration from the current Royal Exchange production.

    For each production our Participation & Learning department produce a show-related resource. Click here for The Night Watch Teacher Resource.

  • Accessible Performances
  • AUDIO-DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE: Saturday 11 June, 2.30pm

    BSL INTERPRETED PERFORMANCE: Tuesday 14 June, 7.30pm

    CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE: Wednesday 15 June, 7.30pm

    Click here for more information about our accessible performances

  • Robert Fraser/ Cole

    Ben Addis

    Julia Standing/ Mrs Leonard

    Lucy Briggs-Owen

    Mr Mundy/ Mr Wilson

    Christopher Ettridge

    Helen Giniver

    Kelly Hotten

    Mickey/ Mrs Alexander

    Gbemisola Ikumelo

    Duncan Pearce

    Joe Jameson

    Kay Langrish

    Jodie McNee

    Viv Pearce

    Thalissa Teixeira

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