Brighton Rock (2018)

By Graham Greene

Adapted by Bryony Lavery

Directed by Esther Richardson

Music by Hannah Peel

Fred is found dead – They deny it was murder.

Rose is in love – They say she’s in danger.

And that boy, Pinkie…they say he’s evil – but what has he done?

As two seventeen year olds, Pinkie and Rose get embroiled in a vicious gang war in Brighton, one brutal murder leads to the next. The police are impassive – but the courageous and life embracing Ida Arnold wants the truth. Nothing scares her. Whatever the cost, she’ll see justice is done.

Pilot Theatre and York Theatre Royal are proud to bring the dark underworld of Graham Greene’s classic novel Brighton Rock to the stage, adapted by Bryony Lavery.

An unmissable new version of this gripping noir thriller.


Suitable for ages 13+

Running time: 2 hour 30 minutes, 20 minute interval


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Tour Dates & Venues

York Theatre Royal

17 Feb – 3 Mar

Theatre Royal Brighton

6 Mar – 10 Mar

Mercury Theatre Colchester

13 Mar – 17 Mar

Hull Truck Theatre

20 Mar – 24 Mar

Cheltenham Everyman

27 Mar – 31 Mar

Birmingham Rep

10 Apr – 14 Apr

Theatre Royal Winchester

19 Apr – 21 Apr

Watford Palace

24 Apr – Sat 28 April

Northern Stage

1 May – 5 May

Theatr Clwyd

8 May – 12 May

Derby Theatre

15 May – 19 May

The Lowry, Salford

22 May – 26 May


arresting episodes spring from an imaginative staging ” The Observer ****

This curdled Romeo and Juliet story ends up both faithful and innovative” The Times ****

propulsive and atmospheric” The Stage ****

fast-moving and gripping drama that is sure to keep you on your toes. A rewarding evening of intelligent theatre” The Yorkshire Post

Under the skilled direction of Esther Richardson, the play offers a masterclass in atmospheric drama” North West End ****

this is not the Brighton of shiny lights and sunny days: it is a city of shadows and things half-glimpsed, where anything – any threat – might emerge from the murk.” Exeunt Magazine

a haunting, stylish masterpiece, which leads the audience on a journey of life and death, good versus evil, and the angst of youth.” Reviews Hub ****

Education Resource

A free downloadable education pack has been created for this production to support teachers and students.

Brighton Rock Education Resource PDF

Cast and Creatives

  • Angela Bain


  • Chris Jack


  • Dorian Simpson


  • Gloria Onitiri


  • Jacob James Beswick


  • Jennifer Jackson


  • Marc Graham


  • Sarah Middleton


  • Shamira Turner


Writer – Bryony Lavery

Director – Esther Richardson

Composer & Music Director – Hannah Peel

Designer – Sara Perks

LX Designer – Aideen Malone

Sound Designer – Adam McCready

Movement Director – Jennifer Jackson

Assistant Director – Oliver O’Shea

Casting Director – Nadine Rennie CDG

Fight Director – Philip d’Orléans