10 February 2017 – 8 April 2017

The Machine Stops (2016-17)

Pilot Theatre and York Theatre Royal Present 

A production of EM Forster’s classic short story The Machine Stops, touring spring 2017

Adapted for the stage by Neil Duffield


EM Forster is best known for his exquisite novels, but his short story masterpiece published in 1909 is astoundingly prophetic and poignant in 2016, and is a chilling prediction and exploration of our increasingly complex relationship with technology.

"You talk as if a god had made the Machine," cried the other. "I believe that you pray to it when you are unhappy. Men made it, do not forget that."
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?

Featuring a brand new soundtrack composed by John Foxx, pioneer of electronic music and founder of Ultravox, and analogue synth specialist, Benge.


Tour Venues 2017

Dates and links to ticket service will be included when available.


York Theatre Royal

10 – 18 February


Nottingham Lakeside

20 - 21 February


Broadway Theatre, Letchworth

22 - 23 February


Jacksons Lane, London

7 - 11 March


Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

14 - 15 March


Mercury Theatre, Colchester

17 - 18 March


Cast, Doncaster

21 - 22 March


Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

28 - 29 March


Northen Stage, Newcastle

30 March


Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

4 - 8 April

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Suitable for ages 11+

Running time: 1 hour 25 minutes, no interval