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Pilot Theatre and York Theatre Royal present

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

by Alan Sillitoe

Adapted for the Stage by Roy Williams
Directed by Marcus Romer
Designed by Lydia Denno



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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