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A woman with a haunted look in red lipstick, with the shadow of her profile overlayed.

The House of Shades

By Beth Steel, Directed by Blanche McIntyre

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7 May — 18 Jun 2022

The Telegraph, Independent, The i, WhatsOnStage, The Stage

The Webster House.
1965. 1979. 1985. 1996. 2019.
Death silences no one, least of all the dead.

Blanche McIntyre (Hymn) directs the world premiere of Beth Steel’s “epic, bold and compassionate” (Financial Times) new play which spans five decades of the lives, and deaths, of the Webster family.

Inside their home, set against the ever-changing industrial landscape of working-class Britain, some chase dreams of a brighter future and others are haunted by the nightmares of the past.

BAFTA and Olivier Award-nominated actor Anne-Marie Duff (His Dark Materials, Sex Education) is “on spectacular form as the family matriarch” (Independent) and gives a “tour de force” (The Guardian) performance.

Beth Steel won Most Promising Playwright at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards. Both The House of Shades and Wonderland were shortlisted for The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

“A riveting watch from an incredibly exciting playwright – an explosive family portrait of secrets, grief, despair and division”
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Writer Beth Steel
Director Blanche McIntyre
Set Designer Anna Fleischle
Costume Designer Liam Bunster
Lighting Designer Richard Howell
Sound Designer Gregory Clarke
Video Designer Isaac Madge
Movement and Intimacy Director Polly Bennett
Casting Director 
Annelie Powell
Associate Set Designer Liam Bunster
Dialect Coach Esi Acquaah-Harrison
Fight Director Kevin McCurdy
Costume Supervisor Natasha Prynne
Associate Fight Director Sam Behan
Assistant Director Emily Ling Williams

Artwork photography by Jonė Reed. Concept by Émilie Chen.


Gus Barry
Anne-Marie Duff
Beatie Edney
Kelly Gough
Michael Grady-Hall
Emily Lloyd-Saini
Carol Macready
Stuart McQuarrie
Mark Meadows
Daniel Millar
Issie Riley
Emma Shipp