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Event Details

Venue: Main House

Date: Fri 14 Sep - Sat 29 Sep

Time: 7.30pm (2pm Thu and 2.30pm Sat matinees)

Produced by: York Theatre Royal and Pilot Theatre

Written by: Alan Sillitoe

Adapted by: Roy Williams

Directed by: Marcus Romer

Designed by: Lydia Denno

Lighting: Mark Beasley

Soundscape by: Sandy Nutgens

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Reviews

The Goole Times - Review: The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

Thu 20 Sep 2012

Written by Ron Powls

Stage adaptations of short stories do not always work, nor do attempts to update well-remembered stories, but Roy Williams’s adaptation of Alan Sillitoe’s 1959 short story works in spades.

York Mix - Review: The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

Thu 27 Sep 2012

Written by Chris Titley, York Mix

How far would you go for your art? Some claim to go that extra yard. And boastful souls will insist they go that extra mile.

York Theatre Royal Ambassadors - Review: The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

Thu 20 Sep 2012

Written by Sarah, Joseph Rowntree School

I didn’t know the plot of ‘The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner’ however I really enjoyed this adaptation of a 50 year old script.

The Yorkshire Post - Review: The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner Runner

Mon 24 Sep 2012

Written by Nick Ahad

A man running a race might not seem ideal for the stage, but it works. Nick Ahad talks to director Marcus Romer.

British Theatre Guide - Review: The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

Mon 24 Sep 2012

Written by Mark Smith, The British Theatre Guide

The film version of Alan Sillitoe's short story Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner was released fifty years ago, almost to the day. In Roy Williams's powerful new adaptation under Marcus Romer's excellent direction, most of the original text is retained in familiar forms, yet the modern shine given to it highlights the tale's relevance for today's audiences in the current political and social environment.

Backstage Pass - Review: The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

Mon 24 Sep 2012

Written by Steve Stubbs

When Alan Sillitoe wrote his short story, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, back in the late 1950s he no doubt hoped that it would lose relevance over time but this brand new stage show, which combines the forces of Pilot Theatre Company and York Theatre Royal, sadly shows how little has changed in the intervening years. Roy William’s adaptation brings the action up-to-date, taking place in post-riots London, but a lot of the original remains as it finds a new home in the 21st century.

The Independent - Review: The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

Mon 24 Sep 2012

Written by Jonathan Brown

Alan Sillitoe's 1959 short story gave a new voice to a new type of person: white, working class and angry. Its film adaptation three years later provided the formidable Tom Courtenay with his first big break in the title role of the young borstal boy at odds with all about him.

Joseph Rowntree School Ambassadors review The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

Tue 25 Sep 2012

Written by Joseph Rowntree Scholl Ambassadors

Pupil ambassadors from Joseph Rowntree School review The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

Nouse The University of York Student Newspaper - Review: The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

Wed 26 Sep 2012

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York Theatre Royal has just played host to probably the biggest treadmill in Britain. And no, it was not an attempt to break a world record.

The Press - Review: The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

Thu 27 Sep 2012

Written by Charles Hutchinson

London playwright Roy Williams has taken Nottingham writer’s Alan Sillitoe’s short story from 1959 to 2012, the year of the Olympic Games, a year on from the riots.

The Stage - Review: The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

Thu 27 Sep 2012

Written by Will Ramsey

Colin Smith, the road-pounding athlete of the title, is bombarded with questions.

The Guardian - Review: The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

Thu 27 Sep 2012

Written by Alfred Hickling

Certain performances are destined for a long run, though few are likely to run quite this far. At the heart of this Pilot Theatre production, Elliot Barnes-Worrell not only puts in an aggressively charismatic performance as Alan Sillitoe's antisocial athlete, he spends much of the evening pounding away on a treadmill. A conservative estimate is that he covers around 4km per show.

Morning Star - Review: The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

Tue 02 Oct 2012

Written by Susan Darlington

The first thing that grabs the attention in Pilot Theatre's stage adaptation of The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner is the fitness level of Elliott Barnes-Worrell.

Dig Yorkshire - Review: The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

Wed 03 Oct 2012

Written by Jade Montserrat

The throbbing energy exuded, and running parallel with an intense soundscape, by all members of the Pilot Theatre cast is infectious – the pace is quite formidable and their physical performances alone are triumphant. The choice of a ‘blank canvas’ for a set (whereby different projections convey changes in location) heightens the casts’ impact, presence and charge.

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

Working with patron Roy Williams, award winning company Pilot Theatre bring this searing text of class and the criminal justice system to the stage. This stunning new production, set in Britain's Olympic Year 2012, exposes the beating heart of a nation, still broken and still divided across class lines.

A long distance race in real time. We follow one runner, alone with his thoughts, becoming part of his journey as his steady running rhythm transports him over a harsh, frost bitten earth. Colin Smith is defiant. He is a young rebel inhabiting the no man's land of detention centres and young offenders institutes.

Why, for whom and for what is he running?

Adapted by BAFTA winning and Olivier Award nominated playwright Roy Williams (Sucker Punch, Fallout, Sing Yer Heart Out For The Lads), this gritty adaptation of Alan Sillitoe's classic text hits the ground running; unlocking the biting realism of the original book while placing the drama firmly in a contemporary frame.

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Related News

Five reasons to see The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner: WhatsOnStage speak to Elliot Barnes-Worrell

Wed 26 Sep 2012

This brand new stage adaptation by BAFTA-winning playwright Roy Williams (Sucker Punch, Fallout, Sing Yer Heart Out For The Lads) of Alan Sillitoe’s 1959 short story, about a young man’s sense of alienation from his society, is a co-production by Pilot Theatre and York Theatre Royal, directed by Marcus Romer. I asked Elliot Barnes-Worrell, making his professional stage debut as Colin Smith, a 17 year-old Borstal boy with a passion for running, why he feels that people should come and see this production.

Director, Marcus Romer chats to Backstage Pass

Wed 12 Sep 2012

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner director, Marcus Romer chats to James Eaglesfield of Backstage Pass about why Alan Sillitoe's story is still very relevant today.

Director, Marcus Romer chats to Backstage Pass

City Screen to show The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner film

Tue 11 Sep 2012

City Screen cinema, York is to screen the 1962 film classic The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner at 12.45pm on Sun 16 Sept in conjunction with the world premiere of the new stage production at York Theatre Royal which runs 14 – 29 Sept.

City Screen to show The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner film

 

 

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