What’s On in 2017: The Machine Stops at theatres across the UK



Pilot Theatre and York Theatre Royal are set to tour their critically acclaimed co-production of Neil Duffield’s thrilling stage adaptation of EM Forster’s The Machine Stops across the UK next year.

The production will start its national tour at York Theatre Royal in February and then continue until April where it will finish at Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre.

Directed by York Theatre Royal’s associate director Juliet Forster, Neil Duffield’s adaptation of Forster’s chilling short story explores our increasingly intricate and complex relationship with technology.


In a dystopian world where humans have retreated far underground, Kuno alone questions their now total dependency on technology to live and communicate with each other, but in his struggle to break out can he reach the Earth’s surface before the Machine stops?

Esther Richardson, Pilot Theatre’s artistic director & joint chief executive said:”Pilot are delighted to have the opportunity to take this fantastic show back out on the road.

“After such a successful run, earlier this year, we are excited to take The Machine Stops on a longer tour and give as many people as possible the chance to see it.”

British novelist, essayist, and social and literary critic EM Forster wrote this short story masterpiece in 1909 yet it is astoundingly prophetic and poignant in 2016, provided a chilling warning of the dangers of isolation, reliance on computer technology and the effects upon society.

Its prescient notions that exist today included instant messages, televisual messages and the internet.

The acclaimed production features a specially composed soundtrack by John Foxx (Ultravox) and Benge.

2017 Tour Dates

10 – 18 February – York Theatre Royal
20-21 February – Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham
22-23 February – Broadway Theatre, Letchworth
27 February – 1 March – Teatro Giovanni Testori Forli
7-11 March – Jackson’s Lane, London
14-15 March – Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds
17-18 March – Mercury Theatre, Colchester
21-22 March – Cast in Doncaster
28-29 March – The Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
30 March – Northern Stage, Newcastle
3-8 April – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

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